senatorial courtesy


: a custom of the U.S. Senate of refusing to confirm a presidential appointment of an official in or from a state when the appointment is opposed by the senators or senior senator of the president's party from that state

Examples of senatorial courtesy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two slip rule, critically, remained in effect as long as Democrats controlled the Senate even once Barack Obama took over as president — with Democrats choosing to uphold a senatorial courtesy over partisan advantage. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, 3 July 2018 In its defense, the blue slip is a bow in the direction of both bipartisanship and senatorial courtesy. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, 11 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of senatorial courtesy was in 1884

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“Senatorial courtesy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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