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in France from the 14th to 18th centuries, members of a special form of assembly summoned by the king to consider financial and administrative questions. In contrast to the deputies of the Estates General, they were not elected by the estates but were chosen by the king from the most prominent representatives of the nobility, upper clergy, and urban elite.

Convened on an irregular basis, the assemblies were of a consultative character. They were a substitute for the assemblies of the Estates General, which were less submissive to royal authority. However, in 1787, just before the French Revolution, the Assembly of Notables rejected government reforms that infringed upon the tax privileges of the nobility and clergy.

The last Assembly of Notables was convened in 1788 for the purpose of considering the composition and voting procedures for the forthcoming meeting of the Estates General. It took a position hostile to the Third Estate, coming out against doubling the number of deputies from this estate and demanding that votes be cast separately by each estate rather than by individual deputies voting as members of the assembly as a whole. The procedure of voting by orders would have secured the domination of the Estates General by the nobility and clergy.


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At the head of the notables and of the Horticultural Committee shone Mynheer van Systens, dressed in his richest habiliments.
Notable mothers, who knew what it was to keep children "whole and sweet"; lazy mothers, who knew what it was to be interrupted in folding their arms and scratching their elbows by the mischievous propensities of children just firm on their legs, were equally interested in conjecturing how a lone man would manage with a two-year-old child on his hands, and were equally ready with their suggestions: the notable chiefly telling him what he had better do, and the lazy ones being emphatic in telling him what he would never be able to do.
Among the notable mothers, Dolly Winthrop was the one whose neighbourly offices were the most acceptable to Marner, for they were rendered without any show of bustling instruction.
Beyond their problems of power and class, the notables as organizers suffered an attitudinal handicap: reluctance to foster responsibility among those outside their own group.
LARKANA -- The former Sindh Home Minister and candidate for the PS-12 Sohail Anwar Siyal visited different areas and held meetings with the notables of different communities on Friday.
The President also rejected the baseless propaganda about change in the western route of CPEC and urged the notables to apprise the people
The Notables Foundation, which provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities and special needs to gain skills with music and the performing arts, received the donation to help fund the charity's Together in Music project.
The notables from the prime minister's constituency said: "We are proud of him because he is the first prime minister from the Potohar region and he rose to this position on account of his hard work and commitment to the ideology of the PPP and its founding leaders."
Through an analysis of two entrees into seventeenth-century Dijon, this article shows how the notables of Dijon's city government used entrees to reinforce vertical ties with artisans, shopkeepers, wine-growers and others whose participation in the civic militia and acceptance of the statusquo were indispensable to preserving order.
LARKANA -- PPP candidate for the PS-12 Sohail Anwar Siyal visited different areas and held meetings with the notables of different communities on Tuesday.
The officers of police and administration should implement arrangements regarding security; cleanliness and other facilities by maintaining close liaison with the organizers and the notables of the areas where Azadari processions or Majalis are to be held.
Eighteen musicians from across the city are busy in the studios working towards the release of the five-track CD from The Notables.