pro tempore

pro tem·​po·​re | \ prō-ˈtem-pə-rē How to pronounce pro tempore (audio) \

Definition of pro tempore

: for the time being

Examples of pro tempore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Louise Lucas, the Virginia Senate's president pro tempore, was among McAuliffe's early supporters. Eva Mckend, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 The speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore receive higher salaries than the other members. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 22 Sep. 2021 O’Malley became council president pro tempore when Janey was elevated from council president to acting mayor in March., 28 July 2021 The position of president pro tempore is not especially remarkable. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Pelosi could have waited until Pence’s term as vice president expired on January 20 and then restarted the joint session, this time with Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy acting as president pro tempore in lieu of the vacant vice presidency. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 24 Sep. 2021 Though many might see this as an incentive plan, Elizabeth Brown, Columbus City Council president pro tempore, calls it a vaccination affordability program. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 18 June 2021 In Roberts' absence, the responsibility to preside may fall to Vice President Kamala Harris, as incoming president of the Senate, or to Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, as president pro tempore, according to experts. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, 11 Aug. 2021 The amendment says reallocation of funds between the categories would require unanimous consent of the House speaker, president pro tempore of the Senate, and the chairs of the Legislature’s four budget committees. Ben Flanagan |, al, 4 Aug. 2021

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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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13 Oct 2021

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“Pro tempore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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