cloture

noun
clo·​ture | \ ˈklō-chər How to pronounce cloture (audio) \

Definition of cloture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the closing or limitation of debate in a legislative body especially by calling for a vote

cloture

verb
clotured; cloturing; clotures

Definition of cloture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to close (debate) in a legislative body by cloture Debate over the bill was short Tuesday evening. After an initial debate Tuesday afternoon, Senate Republicans clotured debate when the bill returned later in the day.— Brian Lyman

Examples of cloture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With the vote for cloture having been defeated, the filibuster is still alive. Mitch Edelman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 1 June 2021 Sixty votes are required to invoke cloture, which allows legislation to advance. Grace Segers, CBS News, 28 May 2021 House rules allow for ending a filibuster if there are enough votes for cloture, a petition to end debate and force a vote. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 5 May 2021 The bill also faced some opposition ahead of a cloture vote earlier on Thursday. Grace Segers, CBS News, 28 May 2021 With the recent cloture vote behind them, Senators Cantwell and Wicker are managing numerous amendments from the floor. Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The Republican majority has used cloture to end Democratic filibusters this year. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 5 May 2021 That way, the new precedent would be that the members of the institution collectively agree that cloture requires a simple majority. Jay Cost, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 Under current Senate rules, the minority party can filibuster a proposal until three-fifths of the senators present vote to end the filibuster by invoking cloture. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cloture

Noun

1871, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cloture

Noun

French clôture, literally, closure, alteration of Middle French closure

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The first known use of cloture was in 1871

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17 Jun 2021

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“Cloture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cloture. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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cloture

noun
clo·​ture | \ ˈklō-chər How to pronounce cloture (audio) \

Legal Definition of cloture

: the closing or limitation of debate in a legislative body especially by calling for a vote

Other Words from cloture

cloture transitive verb

History and Etymology for cloture

French clôture, literally, closure

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