executive session


Definition of 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)

Examples of executive session in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tuesday afternoon, the City Council will be discussing the lawsuit with its attorney in executive session, which means the discussion is not open to the public. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Jan. 2022 The commission also met in executive session for about an hour to give Rawn a yearly performance review. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 21 Dec. 2021 Interviews for the job can, by law, and would be conducted in executive session, but the person’s hiring would be done at a public meeting, Griffin added. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, 21 Dec. 2021 When the council voted to go into executive session to discuss Hamercheck’s and Cahill’s lawsuit, Hamercheck and Cahill tried to go with them. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 26 Nov. 2021 The motion came after the board met in an executive session that was closed to the public for just over an hour. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 19 Nov. 2021 This time, bishops took their debates over the issue behind closed doors in an executive session the evening before the vote. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2021 This time, bishops took their debates over the issue behind closed doors in an executive session the evening before the vote. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Before going into executive session, Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia raised questions about liability. Amir Vera, Natasha Chen And Rosa Flores, CNN, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of executive session

1840, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2022

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“Executive session.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20session. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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Legal Definition of 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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