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 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 The gulf between McConnell and Trump's positions is providing ammunition for Democratic attacks in a key Georgia senatorial runoff election scheduled early next month. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Trump’s delayed signing of the new relief bill won’t create a loss of unemployment payments after all," 29 Dec. 2020 Instead, Democrats racked up large margins in the two senatorial contests, while local matchups saw more ousters of white Republicans by non-white candidates, including the election of Gwinnett’s first Black sheriff. James C. Cobb, Fortune, "Why a key Georgia country flipped from red to blue—and what it means for Democrats," 27 Dec. 2020 In November, none of the senatorial candidates garnered 50% or more of the vote, which is required by state law. Editors, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 vaccine, Electoral College votes, Georgia runoffs, US Women's Open: 5 things to know Monday," 15 Dec. 2020 If the Democrat candidates win both senatorial elections in Georgia, giving the party a Senate majority, significant changes to tax law become a plausible scenario. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "Was Bob Dylan’s sale of his massive music catalog a tax maneuver?," 8 Dec. 2020 Indeed, if the Georgia senatorial runoff election on Jan. 5 goes their way, the GOP will remain in control of the Senate. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Is Joe Biden secretly planning to cut your Social Security?," 3 Dec. 2020

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1740, in the meaning defined above

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“Senatorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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: of or relating to a senator or a senate

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