unit rule


: a rule under which a delegation to a national political convention casts its entire vote as a unit as determined by a majority vote

Examples of unit rule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During a meeting of the caucus Monday, members invoked the unit rule, meaning any member who votes against Kelly would be banished from the caucus. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 9 Jan. 2023 Between 1962 and ’64, a series of Supreme Court rules struck down state-level malapportionment schemes like Georgia’s county unit rule. Rick Perlstein, The New Republic, 20 Jan. 2021 The more flexible approaches to parking are an improvement over rigid space-per-unit rules, Hart said. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unit rule was in 1856

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“Unit rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unit%20rule. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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