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filibuster

noun fil·i·bus·ter \ ˈfi-lə-ˌbə-stər \

Definition of filibuster

1 :an irregular military adventurer; specifically :an American engaged in fomenting insurrections in Latin America in the mid-19th century
a :the use of extreme dilatory (see dilatory 1) tactics (as by making long speeches) in an attempt to delay or prevent action especially in a legislative assembly
b :an instance of this practice
  • The filibuster delayed the voting on the bill for over a week.

Examples of filibuster in a Sentence

  1. They engaged in a filibuster that lasted for over a week.

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Origin and Etymology of filibuster

Spanish filibustero, literally, freebooter


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filibuster

verb

Definition of filibuster

filibustered; filibustering play \ˈfi-lə-ˌbə-st(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to carry out insurrectionist activities in a foreign country
2 :to engage in a filibuster
transitive verb
:to subject to a filibuster

filibusterer

play \ˈfi-lə-ˌbə-stər-ər\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of filibuster


FILIBUSTER Defined for English Language Learners

filibuster

noun

Definition of filibuster for English Language Learners

  • : an effort to prevent action in a legislature (such as the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives) by making a long speech or series of speeches


Law Dictionary

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filibuster

noun fil·i·bus·ter \ ˈfi-lə-ˌbəs-tər \

legal Definition of filibuster

:the use of extreme dilatory tactics in an attempt to delay or prevent action especially in a legislative assembly; also :an instance of this practice

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filibuster

verb

legal Definition of filibuster

filibustered; filibustering
intransitive verb
:to engage in a filibuster
transitive verb
:to subject to a filibuster


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