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 Fact check: Biden saying 'end of quote' in SCOTUS remarks wasn't flub USA TODAY previously debunked a similar video that was altered to falsely show Jean-Pierre leaving abruptly instead of answering questions from Doocy. Gabrielle Settles, USA TODAY, 5 July 2024 Also this week, SCOTUS declined to rule in two cases between southern states and social media that would set a precedent for how the First Amendment is applied in the digital age. Laura Bratton, Quartz, 3 July 2024 Correspondent David Pogue talks with experts who explain why initiatives at the nation's highest court -- from a code of ethics to term limits to the nuclear option of impeachment -- are unlikely to restore respect and trust in SCOTUS any time soon. David Morgan, CBS News, 29 June 2024 In 2022, following the SCOTUS decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the state and said its strict ban violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, or EMTALA. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 27 June 2024 This is the third decision this term that SCOTUS has evaded. Fox News, 27 June 2024 The Supreme Court held that the plaintiffs did not adequately establish standing — that is, their right to sue in the first place — and has sent the case back to the lower courts, where a new decision will be issued that is consistent with the SCOTUS opinion. Lauren Feiner, The Verge, 26 June 2024 While there has been a slew of state restrictions on gender-affirming care, bathroom access and sports participation, the case SCOTUS picked up has to do with a Tennessee law that restricts puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender minors. Sarah Owermohle, STAT, 25 June 2024 President Biden requested $8.2 billion in his 2025 budget and asked Congress to shift the IHS budget from discretionary to mandatory funding, as HHS highlighted in a statement on SCOTUS’ decision. Sarah Owermohle, STAT, 11 June 2024

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition


Supreme Court of the United States

Biographical Definition

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2 of 2

biographical name (2)

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