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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Both chambers of the Legislature adjourned sine die by early afternoon Friday, with no bills passed in the first special session. Raga Justin, Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2021 Whatever the case, Abbott and other Republicans are poised to take a victory lap after the session adjourns sine die. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 30 May 2021 The House passed the bill in a late-night session Wednesday and adjourned sine die, leaving the Senate to either approve the bill as-is or spike it. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

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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 31 May. 2023.

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