sen·​a·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌse-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce senatorial (audio) \

Definition of senatorial

: of, relating to, or befitting a senator or a senate senatorial office senatorial rank

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Recent Examples on the Web Wilson will soon appoint former Anaheim mayor and fellow moderate Republican John Seymour to take his old senatorial seat. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In recall of governor, is California GOP smoking an exploding cigar?," 2 Apr. 2021 Biden will occasionally comment on the situation, but unlike his predecessor, Biden knows his training is in law and senatorial politics, not virology or public health. Philip Elliott, Time, "In a Break with Washington's Usual Posture, the CDC Director Makes an Emotional Plea," 30 Mar. 2021 Given that most polls got the presidential election so wrong, folks are looking for a more reliable, scientific forecast for the crucial senatorial runoffs in Georgia. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Georgia Senate races: Data scientist’s final prediction has Democrats taking both seats," 5 Jan. 2021 Cruz was not working, unless applying another coat of sunscreen counts as a senatorial duty. Star Tribune, "Ted Cruz's not-so-excellent adventure in Mexico," 21 Feb. 2021 George Packer’s classic story on Senate dysfunction, and senatorial dissatisfaction with that dysfunction, is a decade old, and very little has changed, besides the Democrats having a much slimmer majority. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Just Rewrite the Senate Rules Already," 4 Mar. 2021 The two fall-offs likely rank among the fastest in any brief period in the annals of major senatorial races. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Georgia runoffs: A data scientist, using a blend of poll and betting numbers, sees odds favoring the Dems," 5 Jan. 2021 His earlier work on the Roman senatorial classes, which earned him a reputation as one of the best Roman historians of his generation, no longer moved him in the same way. New York Times, "He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?," 2 Feb. 2021 Romney, like the Arizona Republican Jeff Flake — whose opposition to Trump likely ended his senatorial career — belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was once persecuted on American soil. Peter Beinart, Star Tribune, "Why are there so few courageous senators?," 18 Jan. 2021

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1740, in the meaning defined above

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“Senatorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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: of or relating to a senator or a senate

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