executive session


: a usually closed session (as of a legislative body) that functions as an executive council (as of the U.S. Senate when considering appointments or the ratification of treaties)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Board then went into executive session. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 14 Jan. 2023 At that point, owners will be able to discuss the ramifications of the report in a formal capacity, most likely during an executive session. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2022 Under the rules, the committee will convene with the doors open to the public and media and then will vote to go into a closed executive session. Wsj Staff, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2022 On Wednesday morning, the school's board of trustees voted unanimously to hire Towson University President Kim Schatzel as its new president during a closed executive session. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 30 Nov. 2022 The public safety committee first discussed the mapping program in a closed executive session. Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2022 And, after passing several other measures, the organization voted in executive session to endorse Lisa Murkowski in the U.S. Senate race and Rep. Mary Peltola for reelection to the U.S. House, after Peltola recently became the first Alaska Native elected to Congress. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Oct. 2022 Lowe said the timing of the incident being resurfaced, as it was discussed by the board in executive session last fall, is motivated by the upcoming board election, is a low standard and a conspiracy to limit votes. Susan Mcfarland, Dallas News, 6 Mar. 2023 The vote followed an hourlong, closed-door executive session in which party members were allowed to debate the resolution. Dallas News, 4 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of executive session was in 1840

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“Executive session.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20session. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Legal Definition

executive session

: a closed session (as of the U.S. Senate) in which executive business (as consideration of appointments or ratification of treaties) is taken care of compare legislative session
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