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Definition of bloc

1a : a temporary combination of parties in a legislative assembly
b : a group of legislators who act together for some common purpose irrespective of party lines
2a : a combination of persons, groups, or nations forming a unit with a common interest or purpose a bloc of voters
b : a group of nations united by treaty or agreement for mutual support or joint action
3 : a quantity, number, or section of things dealt with as a unit : block … seeking to buy and sell a large bloc of shares …— Stuart Washington Potvin's outstanding bloc of games during his rookie campaign occurred during the 1993 playoffs.— Stan Fischler

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Examples of bloc in a Sentence

a voting bloc in the senate a whole bloc of students got together to complain
Recent Examples on the Web And yet, a core bloc of 10 countries, led by India and Brazil, fought on. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 1 June 2021 With Morales' campaign struggling and no other major Latino candidate in the race, this all important and nuanced voting bloc could emerge as the decisive swing vote. Arick Wierson And Bradley Honan, CNN, 1 June 2021 But others, like Liu, believe the most effective way for a minority voting bloc to flex its power in an election is not through unity, but with a high turnout. Rong Xiaoqing, Curbed, 23 May 2021 After inconclusive March 23 elections — the fourth national balloting since 2019 — he was handed the first chance to put together a governing bloc, but could not manage to secure the necessary commitments from coalition partners. Dina Kraft, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 Some political observers are skeptical that any voting bloc is loyal to the mayor, but that’s something that won’t be answered until the next election. Gregory Pratt,, 20 May 2021 The advance of the Quad as a geopolitical bloc has particularly irked China. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 China has criticized the U.S.-Japanese framework as an exclusionist bloc based on a Cold War-era mindset. Richard Colombo And Mari Yamaguchi, Star Tribune, 15 May 2021 The city’s Orthodox Jewish community has long been considered a politically salient voting bloc and has been courted by both Mr. Adams and Mr. Yang, who has been endorsed by several ultra-Orthodox leaders. New York Times, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of bloc

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bloc

French, literally, block

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“Bloc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloc

: a group of people or countries that are connected by a treaty or agreement or by common goals

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