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This term appeared in an agenda sent by an organization in Canada to which I belong. I've never encountered the term before nor can I find a reference to it in RONR.

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I haven't heard the term either, but note that the term "table" has a very different meaning in the UK and Canada than it does in the USA. Here in the Great White North (home of the NBA Champions!) The Canadian Parliament defines it as, "To place a document before the House or a committee for consideration or consultation."

Using that as a starting point, could it mean a topic that is automatically placed on the agenda? Similar to an assumed motion or a committee report? @NancyB does that fit the context?

Edited by Atul Kapur

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It could be a strange way (probably due to a typo) of referring to a motions desk (or table) at a convention at which members turn in to the secretary or an assistant written copies of motions which they intend to make.

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Guest Who's Coming to Dinner

The meaning is obvious to any practiced speaker of the English language: "Tabled by or in the manner of a secretary."

There, much clearer now, isn't it? ;)

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