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filibuster

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noun fil·i·bus·ter \ˈfi-lə-ˌbə-stər\

Definition of filibuster

  1. 1 :  an irregular military adventurer; specifically :  an American engaged in fomenting insurrections in Latin America in the mid-19th century

  2. 2 [2filibuster] 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 assemblyb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of filibuster

Spanish filibustero, literally, freebooter


First Known Use: 1851


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filibuster

verb fil·i·bus·ter

Definition of filibuster

filibustered

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filibustering

play \ˈfi-lə-ˌbə-st(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to carry out insurrectionist activities in a foreign country

  3. 2 :  to engage in a filibuster

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to subject to a filibuster

filibusterer

play \ˈfi-lə-ˌbə-stər-ər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of filibuster

see 1filibuster


First Known Use: 1851


FILIBUSTER Defined for English Language Learners

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filibuster

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noun fil·i·bus·ter \ˈfi-lə-ˌbə-stər\

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

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noun fil·i·bus·ter \ˈfi-lə-ˌbəs-tər\

Legal Definition of filibuster

  1. :  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 fil·i·bus·ter

Legal Definition of filibuster

filibustered

filibustering

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in a filibuster
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to subject to a filibuster



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