pro tempore

pro tem·po·re | \prō-ˈtem-pə-rē \

Definition of pro tempore 

: for the time being

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Long served for more than 20 years in the Senate and 12 years as Senate president pro tempore. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Senate leader David Long on joining top law firm: 'I didn't give any favors'," 15 June 2018 Since the war’s end, Woewiyu has served multiple roles in the Liberian government — including stints as labor minister and president pro tempore of its Senate — while living here as a legal permanent resident of the United States. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Jurors picked for trial of Delco man accused of role in Liberia war crimes," 11 June 2018 Ohio law says council president pro tempore, the village vice mayor, will serve the remainder of the term if the mayor resigns. Jennie Key,, "Cleves mayor steps down, vice mayor takes over," 11 May 2018 Also defeated in the primary were East Baltimore Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, Senate president pro tempore, in the 45th District and Sen. Barbara A. Robinson from the central 40th District. Michael Dresser,, "Mary Washington claims victory in Maryland Senate race against Joan Carter Conway," 6 July 2018 The majority of the votes from delegates at the party's annual convention went to State Sen. Kevin de Leon, Feinstein's progressive challenger who served as the former president pro tempore of the California Senate. Gregg Re, Fox News, "California's key primaries: Trump-backed John Cox outpaces Villaraigosa for governor, Feinstein takes top spot in Senate contest," 6 June 2018 De León, the former president pro tempore of the California Senate, represents a challenge from the more progressive wing of the Democratic party. Rob Tornoe,, "2018 Election: What you need to know about Tuesday's primaries," 5 June 2018 The disparity in Indiana is more exaggerated in leadership roles in the General Assembly: no woman has ever been the speaker of the House or the president pro tempore of the Senate. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "More women fighting for 'seat at the table' in Indiana General Assembly primaries," 29 Mar. 2018 Williams will hold the mayoral post until the council can vote on a mayor pro tempore on June 11. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "It's official: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton resigns to run for Congress," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of pro tempore

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pro tempore

Middle English, from Latin


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pro tempore

adverb or adjective
pro tem·po·re | \prō-ˈtem-pə-rē, -pō-ˌrā\

Legal Definition of pro tempore 

: for the time being : chosen or appointed to occupy a position either temporarily or in the absence of a regularly elected official an administrator pro tempore

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