: an irregular military adventurer; specifically : an American engaged in fomenting insurrections in Latin America in the mid-19th century
a : the use of extreme dilatory tactics in an attempt to delay or prevent action especially in a legislative assembly
b : an instance of this practice
Examples of FILIBUSTER
- They engaged in a filibuster that lasted for over a week.
Origin of FILIBUSTER
First Known Use: 1851
Other Government and Politics Terms
: to carry out insurrectionist activities in a foreign country
: to engage in a filibuster
First Known Use of FILIBUSTER
filibuster noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Tactic of delaying action on a bill by talking long enough to wear down the majority in order to win concessions or force withdrawal of the bill. The tactic is normally employed by a group that cannot muster enough votes to defeat a bill by vote. Filibustering is possible in the U.S. Senate because Senate rules allow unlimited debate on a bill. A filibuster may be carried out by a group or a single member, and the speech need not be related to the bill under discussion. Calling for a vote to limit debate (cloture)which requires 60 votes, the votes of three-fifths of the entire membership, in the U.S. Senateor holding around-the-clock sessions to tire the speakers are measures used to defeat filibusters.
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