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 On Tuesday, the bill passed a procedural cloture vote by 64-32, bypassing any chance of an endless filibuster and clearing the way for a vote on the floor Wednesday. Gregory Svirnovskiy, The Arizona Republic, 27 July 2022 The cloture vote was originally scheduled for Monday but was moved after storms caused flight delays at Washington-area airports. Amy B Wang And Jeanne Whalen, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2022 Senators supported a cloture vote by a 64-32 margin, with all Democrats present and 17 Republicans moving to advance debate on the bill. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 26 July 2022 The Senate is scheduled to hold a cloture vote Monday on the new legislation. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 24 July 2022 The chamber invoked cloture, capping further debate on the bill and setting up a final vote that will likely be scheduled for later this week. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 The cloture motion, which will need 60 votes, is expected next week. NBC News, 4 May 2022 Last August, Sewell’s bill once more passed the House, but the Senate failed to invoke cloture. Nathan Heller, Vogue, 22 June 2022 The chamber invoked cloture, capping further debate on the bill and setting up a final vote that will likely be scheduled for later this week. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Cloture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cloture. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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