I want to ask whether we're waiting for full attendance before convening, ex: 'waiting [to hold the meeting] until we're quorate', but 'quorate' (as I understand it) only implies 'enough people to hold the meeting' whereas I want to communicate 'everyone who is eligible to attend is present'.


'... waiting [to hold the meeting] until we're _______ [quorate?]'

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    Not an adjective, so not an answer.. but a 'full complement' would refer to everyone eligible, in this context. For example: 'Are we waiting for the full complement before holding the meeting?' Commented Nov 27, 2018 at 11:19
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    Why be fancy? Why not just say "... until we're all here" or "... everybody's here"? Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 0:59
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    Except quorate is BrE.
    – Lordology
    Commented Dec 23, 2018 at 11:12
  • The deleted answer 'we have a full house' and the 1960s noun phrase SRO ('It was SRO at the Adelphi') are informal possibilities. Commented Nov 11, 2021 at 13:47
  • Quorate is often used informally to mean "we have everyone who should be here" or "everyone we need". Since most meetings don't have a formal quorum defined, it should be unambiguous unless you're in the US Senate or parish council or something like that.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 17:18

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I would suggest 'until we are complete'.

Having all its parts or members; comprising the full number or amount; embracing all the requisite items, details, topics, etc.; entire, full.


  • The only thing wrong with this suggestion is that it's not commonly used in the sense required, of a meeting which everyone attends. If I read or heard the expression we are complete I might think it was someone spouting new-age psychobabble about the state of their relationship(s). And if you told me that the meeting was complete, my first thought would be that it had finished with all agenda items addressed. Meh. Commented Nov 11, 2021 at 14:10
  • @HighPerformanceMark The Chairperson said, as the last member arrived, 'We are complete, let us begin'. At the end it would be ungrammatical to say that and also unidiomatic to say 'we are completed'. They would say 'We are finished ; let us adjourn.'
    – Nigel J
    Commented Nov 11, 2021 at 20:42
  • Please, Nigel, don't do any such thing. That dictionary definition of "complete" wouldn't make it relevant, let alone useful. Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 22:12
  • @RobbieGoodwin Colloquial language, as it develops, often departs from 'dictionary definition'. That's the beauty (and flexibility) of the spoken word.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 23:53
  • @NigelJ Sadly, your mistrust of dictionaries lends no credence to your Chair saying, as the last member arrived, 'We are complete, let us begin' "At the end" might sometimes not be ungrammatical; it would always be unidiomatic. "We are complete" would always be un-either; always both ungrammatical and un-idiomatic. If "We are completed…" was something like what you wanted to express, you would need either "We are completed by…" or "We have been completed (by)…" Do you really want to go into the differences among the Question, completion and "We are finished…"? Commented Nov 15, 2021 at 20:49

I would consider “plenum”. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/plenum

Def: An assembly of all the members of a group or committee.

‘the seventh plenum of the Communist Party central committee’

  • Plenum (a plenary session) is a meeting that is supposed to be attended by all the members of some formal body (in contrast to e.g. a meeting of its (sub)committee devoted to a particular topic), regardless of whether it is in fact attended by all of them. The OP is, however, seeking a term for a meeting being in fact attended by all who are supposed to attend it (regardless of whether those who are supposed to attend it are all members of the relevant body or only a subgroup of it).
    – jsw29
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 5:22

You could try to use "entire" or "whole". I feel that "whole" is not a great word for this because it could have additional implications which you possibly want to avoid.


Having no element or part left out


Having all its proper parts or components

Both of these definitions were taken from Merriam Webster

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