vote of no confidence

noun phrase

Definition of vote of no confidence

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a formal vote by which the members of a legislature or similar deliberative body indicate that they no longer support a leader, government, etc. The chairman was forced to resign after a vote of no confidence by the board of trustees.

no-confidence vote

no-con·​fi·​dence vote

Definition of no-confidence vote (Entry 2 of 2)

: vote of no confidence Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu survived a no–confidence vote in the Knesset, but the first steps have already been taken toward calling new national elections early next year.The Nation, 16 Nov. 1998

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun phrase There was one exception: Former Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista abruptly resigned in November after a contentious tenure marked by a high-profile murder trial, a vote of no confidence from the police union and numerous excessive force cases. 2. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Sex scandals, wedding invitations, faulty prison locks. These are the 19 top Arizona stories of 2019," 22 Dec. 2019 Nagy called 29 running plays compared with 27 passes, a deafening vote of no confidence in his quarterback. David Haugh,, "Column: Trust in Mitch Trubisky is dwindling. For good reason.," 18 Sep. 2019 Opposition politicians have discussed trying to oust the government with a vote of no confidence, and replacing Johnson with a national-unity leader who would serve only until an election. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What next as UK and EU seek last-minute Brexit deal," 7 Oct. 2019 Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy advisory firm, said in a note recommending that shareholders issue a vote of no confidence to the bank’s board. Renae Merle, Washington Post, "Trump is a huge headache for Deutsche. But the bank has plenty more.," 7 July 2019 If parliament holds a vote of no confidence to compel Abdul-Mahdi to resign, then the whole government has to change, and Abdul-Mahdi would stay on as a caretaker prime minister in the meantime. Arkansas Online, "Prime minister in restive Iraq decides to quit," 30 Nov. 2019 The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police had issued a vote of no confidence after Johnson announced his intention to skip the speech. Gregory Pratt,, "Eddie Johnson, who steadied CPD after the Laquan McDonald scandal, to retire as Chicago’s top cop," 7 Nov. 2019 Pushback continued and university governance groups passed a flurry of resolutions, culminating with Anchorage faculty reaffirming their vote of no confidence in Johnsen last week. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Following pushback, University of Alaska regents vote to stop considering controversial merger — at least for now," 8 Oct. 2019 The second route was that Corbyn, as the leader of the largest opposition party, could call for a vote of no confidence in the government, which would require a simple majority to pass. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson Gambles Brexit on a General Election," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of vote of no confidence

Noun phrase

1835, in the meaning defined above


1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Vote of no confidence.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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: a formal vote by which people (such as the members of a legislature) indicate that they do not support a leader, government, etc.

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