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 The Senate must also fill a vacancy: Court had served as the Senate’s president pro tempore. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "Denver legislator Chris Hansen tapped to succeed Lois Court in Colorado Senate," 16 Jan. 2020 Any reallocation of the money requires approval by a committee made up of the House speaker, president pro tempore of the Senate, and the chairs of the Legislature’s four budget committees. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama applies $300 million in CARES Act funds to unemployment," 10 Sep. 2020 Because of that, those senators could technically then choose a new Senate president pro tempore, and thus, the president. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: President Pelosi? No, House speaker wouldn't assume role amid election delay," 8 Aug. 2020 Lucas, the first African American woman to serve as president pro tempore of the Senate, has slammed the charges as political persecution over her efforts to pass legislation to overhaul police oversight. Washington Post, "Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe forms campaign committee, but has not yet decided to seek a comeback, aide says," 20 Aug. 2020 Bolden had served as superintendent pro tempore during the past school year. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Bolden earns 3-year contract to serve as superintendent of Solon Schools," 10 Aug. 2020 That would mean the president pro tempore of the Senate would assume office. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: President Pelosi? No, House speaker wouldn't assume role amid election delay," 8 Aug. 2020 That would make the president pro tempore of the Senate, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the acting president, according to federal law. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump floats delaying election over mail-in voting, legal experts say that power rests with Congress," 31 July 2020 Pickana said Bolden’s contract as interim superintendent mirrors that of his previous contract as superintendent pro tempore. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Bolden named interim superintendent of Solon Schools; only title changes," 7 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pro tempore.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pro tempore

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pro tempore

Middle English, from Latin

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pro tempore

Time Traveler for pro tempore

Time Traveler

The first known use of pro tempore was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for pro tempore

Last Updated

30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pro tempore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pro tempore

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

History and Etymology for pro tempore


Comments on pro tempore

What made you want to look up pro tempore? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!