filibuster

noun
fil·​i·​bus·​ter | \ ˈfi-lə-ˌbə-stər How to pronounce filibuster (audio) \

Definition of filibuster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an irregular military adventurer specifically : an American engaged in fomenting insurrections in Latin America in the mid-19th century
2 [filibuster entry 2]
a : the use of extreme dilatory (see dilatory sense 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.

filibuster

verb
filibustered; filibustering\ ˈfi-​lə-​ˌbə-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce filibuster (audio) \

Definition of filibuster (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

filibusterer \ ˈfi-​lə-​ˌbə-​stər-​ər How to pronounce filibuster (audio) \ noun

Examples of filibuster in a Sentence

Noun They engaged in a filibuster that lasted for over a week.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ending the filibuster would effectively allow bills to be passed with a simple majority, instead of the 60 needed with it in place. Briana Stewart, ABC News, 22 July 2021 However, at least two Democrats, Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have expressed public opposition to ending the filibuster. Grace Segers, CBS News, 17 July 2021 Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, said there is no path to voting rights that does not require modifying or ending the filibuster. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, 13 July 2021 Senator Ed Markey used the ruling to reiterate his call for ending the filibuster and to advocate for expanding the size of the Supreme Court. Greg Stohr, Fortune, 1 July 2021 But Democratic centrists, most prominently Mr. Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, have rejected ending the filibuster, though some have suggested ways to weaken it. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 22 June 2021 Given that the bill had already passed the US House, and Manchin and Sinema have been outspoken in their opposition to ending the filibuster, the attention on the pair is warranted. BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2021 House rules allow for ending a filibuster if there are enough votes for cloture, a petition to end debate and force a vote. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 5 May 2021 Candidate Biden rejected progressive positions like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, packing the Supreme Court, and ending the filibuster as too extreme. Bobby Jindal, National Review, 5 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Biden has been cool to filibuster changes, and as many as 10 Democratic senators have quietly expressed reservations, though their numbers appear to be diminishing as frustration mounts over Republican obstruction. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 24 June 2021 After months of talk, the independent commission to investigate the events surrounding January 6 is now on life support, likely to fail in the US Senate as soon as next week when Republicans are expected to filibuster the legislation. Ryan Nobles, CNN, 21 May 2021 In other words, senators could still filibuster all other types of legislation. Chad Pergram, Fox News, 15 July 2021 Some also want to require opponents of legislation to filibuster the old-fashioned way, standing and speaking on the Senate floor. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 The pledge from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., all but guarantees that Republicans will filibuster a sweeping voting bill that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is sending to the floor Tuesday. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 The bill faces a steep challenge in the Senate, where Republicans will likely filibuster the package, meaning at least 10 Republican senators would have to vote with Democrats to vote on the matter. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2021 In 1875, House Republicans even changed the chamber's rules to end the ability of the Democratic minority, in effect, to filibuster the final civil rights act of the first Reconstruction era. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 29 June 2021 Some also want to require opponents of legislation to filibuster the old-fashioned way, standing and speaking on the Senate floor. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of filibuster

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1851, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for filibuster

Noun and Verb

Spanish filibustero, literally, freebooter

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31 Jul 2021

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“Filibuster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filibuster. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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filibuster

noun

English Language Learners Definition of filibuster

chiefly US : 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

filibuster

noun
fil·​i·​bus·​ter | \ ˈfi-lə-ˌbəs-tər How to pronounce filibuster (audio) \

Legal Definition of filibuster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

filibuster

verb
filibustered; filibustering

Legal Definition of filibuster (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to engage in a filibuster

transitive verb

: to subject to a filibuster

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