: without any future date being designated (as for resumption) : indefinitely
the meeting adjourned sine die

Examples of sine die in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, sine die was on July 31, making the effective date of bills Oct. 30. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2024 The day before sine die, lawmakers sent a measure to Abbott’s desk that broadly expands the state’s criminal code and bans minors from attending drag shows, Patrick said. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 29 May 2023 Act 777 will become law 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die Monday, which means its effective date will be later this summer. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 30 Apr. 2023 So on the final day of the session, the typical sine die celebration turned into a morning-after conversation with one representative who helped break the quorum and led a prayer right after the bill failed to pass and another who remained on the floor. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, 1 June 2021 Every stock and commodity exchange in the country was closed sine die and there were machine guns at the corners of the great federal buildings in Washington on Inauguration Day, the first inauguration with a major armed presence since the Civil War. Conrad Black, National Review, 7 Apr. 2021 But lawmakers have not adjourned sine die — a requirement to put the Legislature in recess. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 Would all the new members of the House and Senate — those sworn in since our last sine die — please rise? The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 Other Democrats are reportedly looking for face-saving ways to show up for work so the special session can finish its business and go sine die. Karl Rove, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2021

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Word History


Latin, without day

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sine die was in 1607

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“Sine die.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sine%20die. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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