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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

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 His nomination followed the mass resignation of al-Sadr's parliamentary bloc, a group of over 70 lawmakers who withdrew from the governing body last month in an apparent show of force after months of political stalemate. Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN, 30 July 2022 The Greens, Socialists, Communists and the far-left party France Unbowed have forged a coalition that now represents the second-biggest bloc in the National Assembly. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, 30 July 2022 Mélenchon is now the public face of the biggest opposition bloc in the lower house of Parliament, where the possible inquiry would be expected to take place. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Last week the junta agreed to a 24-month transition period to elections starting from July, reducing its original timeline of three years, which prompted the 15-nation West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, to drop its threat of sanctions. Oumar Zombre And Sam Mednick, ajc, 7 July 2022 European Union officials have said the 27-member bloc, which last month formally admitted Ukraine as a candidate, will contribute the bulk of overall financial assistance, a volume that could surpass 500 billion euros ($523 billion). Jorge Valero,, 3 July 2022 The context for all of this: Both parties are looking to make inroads with this critical voting bloc ahead of November. Rick Klein, ABC News, 23 June 2022 The impasse embarrassed the bloc, which was forced to scale down its ambitions in a bid to get Hungary on board. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2022 The impasse embarrassed the bloc, which was forced to scale down its ambitions to break Hungary’s resistance. Lorne Cook And Samuel Petrequin, Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2022 See More

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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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18 Aug 2022

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“Bloc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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