Definition of interpellate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtəːpɪleɪt/


[with object]
1(In a parliament) interrupt the order of the day by demanding an explanation from (the minister concerned).
Example sentences
  • I said I did not have the capability to become premier because many legislators were interpellating the premier in [Hoklo, more commonly known as Taiwanese], and I could not understand Taiwanese 100 percent.
  • Ruling and opposition lawmakers expressed their disagreement with the planned revisions when they interpellated Ho at the legislature's Home and Nations Committee meeting yesterday.
  • As of last week, 277 members had put their names to a plan to interpellate (formally question) the president over the reasons for his decision.
2 Philosophy (Of an ideology or discourse) bring into being or give identity to (an individual or category).
Example sentences
  • Subjects are thus interpellated into the symbolic order as gendered and raced beings and are recognizable only in reference to the existing grid of intelligibility.
  • The history plays as a whole arguably concern the way in which people are interpellated by their symbolic titles, assume or fail to assume their symbolic titles, are transformed by those titles.
  • Genres are often seen prescriptively as a means of interpellating the subject into existing norms and hierarchies.



Pronunciation: /ɪntəːpɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • ‘For more than a month now, the Prime Minister has not been replying to questions and interpellations by the Coalition for Bulgaria in connection with the crisis,’ he added.
  • As one of the moves to do away with old politics, there has been a change to the format of the parliamentary interpellation at the plenary session.
  • And how might we resist these interpellations, or other potentially painful interpellations?


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtəːpɪˌleɪtə/


Late 16th century (in the sense 'interrupt'): from Latin interpellat- 'interrupted (by speech)', from the verb interpellare, from inter- 'between' + pellere 'to drive'. sense 1 dates from the late 19th century; sense 2 is from the works of Althusser.

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