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

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Examples of cloture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The South Carolina Republican unveiled a police reform bill with members of his party last week, on which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture Monday. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Tim Scott reveals he's been targeted with death threats and racial slurs," 24 June 2020 Right now, all a senator has to do to invoke the supermajority requirement is file what’s called a cloture motion. Michael Tomasky, The New York Review of Books, "Biden’s Journey Left," 4 June 2020 In a cloture vote last week, the Senate supported the proposal 80-17. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Game changing' conservation bill awaits vote in Congress," 13 June 2020 Republicans say the use of cloture votes, which cut short filibusters but still require hours more debate, has risen, with knock-on effects to other vital Senate business. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump transport official still waiting for Senate confirmation after nearly three years," 9 June 2020 The vote at hand is called cloture – a procedural vote to move forward with debate on an under-discussion stimulus package and toward a yea or nay for final approval. Katie Wadington, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Not true that no Democrats voted for coronavirus stimulus package," 25 Mar. 2020 The cloture vote came up again on March 23, and failed 49-46, with Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama voting to move the stimulus package forward. Katie Wadington, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Not true that no Democrats voted for coronavirus stimulus package," 25 Mar. 2020 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already scheduled a cloture vote for the bill Monday. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Oil and gas says Sanders and Warren plan for replacing fracking jobs is ‘pretty insulting’," 28 Feb. 2020 Plans are underway to end the debate on Wolf's nomination through a cloture vote on Thursday and to hold a full floor vote next week, as early as Tuesday, two congressional officials familiar with the matter told CBS News. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Senate to vote on Trump's Homeland Security pick as early as Tuesday," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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28 Jun 2020

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“Cloture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cloture. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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