senatorial courtesy

noun
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of 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

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1884

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