abbreviation or noun

: the supreme court of the United States
often used like a nickname
The U.S. Supreme Court must decide soon whether to review the Kasky v. Nike decision. … SCOTUS should review this case and overturn the California ruling.National Review

Examples of SCOTUS in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In all three of these earlier SCOTUS decisions, law enforcement won. WIRED, 14 Sep. 2023 He was sentenced to death, but SCOTUS ruled capital punishment was unconstitutional and all death sentences were changed to life without parole. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2023 Rather than ask for a student's race, Sarah Lawrence College in New York is now asking applicants for the upcoming semester how they will be personally impacted by the SCOTUS ruling. Kristine Parks, Fox News, 1 Aug. 2023 Legacy college admissions under scrutiny following SCOTUS ruling Lawyers for Civil Rights further contended 28% of Harvard's 2019 graduating class were legacies. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 25 July 2023 In Bruen, decided in 2022, SCOTUS ruled 6-3 that New York state’s policy requiring residents to have a special need to carry a firearm outside their homes was unconstitutional. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2023 Friends of the Court SCOTUS Justices’ Beneficial Relationships With Billionaire Donors ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, 17 July 2023 This term there were fewer cases decided on 6-3 ideological splits: Five compared with 14 last term, according to an analysis by the blog Empirical SCOTUS. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 13 July 2023 Statistically, there was no year-over-year difference: Roberts was in the majority 95% of the time in the most recent term, according to Empirical SCOTUS. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 10 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of SCOTUS was in 1879

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“SCOTUS.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Legal Definition


Supreme Court of the United States

Biographical Definition

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biographical name (2)

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