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 Much of the Democratic strategy has centered around doubling their efforts in districts in which O’Rourke performed well in his 2018 senatorial run against Ted Cruz. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Huge GOP victory in year’s first election a ‘wake-up call’ for Democrats trying to take Texas House," 30 Jan. 2020 Sanders appears to be the best positioned to balance his senatorial duties with campaigning. Garrett Haake, NBC News, "Sanders shuttle: Trump trial could trap candidates in D.C. One senator has an escape plan.," 7 Jan. 2020 Chief Justice John Roberts was summoned over from the Supreme Court to administer the senatorial oath and take up his duties as the trial’s presiding officer. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Spoiler Alert: There Will Be No Impartial Justice for Donald Trump," 17 Jan. 2020 The Republicans promptly passed the Tenure of Office Act, which barred the President from firing certain executive branch officials without senatorial approval. Time, "What Are High Crimes and Misdemeanors? Here’s the History," 10 Dec. 2019 Given the impossibility of a senatorial conviction, the only strategy is to taint the president with the brand of impeachment and weaken him in the 2020 election. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Impeachment Clock," 19 Nov. 2019 The solo show takes place on the eve of the 1976 Democratic senatorial primary, as Abzug tells tales of her life as a lawyer and congresswoman in the early days of women’s liberation. Mia J. Merrill,, "Why is a man starring in a play about legendary politician Bella Abzug?," 20 Nov. 2019 Some suspects are accused of using more than $5,000 worth of municipal funds to in part pay other suspects to work on Nazario's senatorial campaign. CBS News, "FBI arrests Puerto Rico senator, 7 more in corruption probe," 7 Nov. 2019 Samantha Boucher is on her way — both to Iowa for the 2020 U.S. Senate race there and to becoming the first openly transgender person to manage a U.S. senatorial campaign. NBC News, "Transgender activist Samantha Boucher to run U.S. Senate campaign," 7 Oct. 2019

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1740, in the meaning defined above

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“Senatorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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: of or relating to a senator or a senate

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