vote of no confidence

noun phrase

: a formal vote by which the members of a legislature or similar deliberative body indicate that they no longer support a leader, government, etc.
The chairman was forced to resign after a vote of no confidence by the board of trustees.

Examples of vote of no confidence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In September 2020, the faculty assembly gave Hoi a unanimous vote of no confidence, citing a disorganized administration teetering on chaos. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2024 On Wednesday, the Chicago City Council is expected to introduce a resolution calling for Mr. Carter’s ouster — with a majority of council members in support of what is essentially a vote of no confidence. Julie Bosman, New York Times, 22 May 2024 Protests against the state takeover began this year, which led the Houston Federation of Teachers, the largest teachers' union in Houston, to recently ratify a resolution calling for Superintendent Miles's removal following a 98 percent vote of no confidence. Doc Louallen, ABC News, 22 May 2024 So did some others from New York University, The City University of New York and Parsons School of Design. Hours before ‘The People’s Graduation’ began, the Arts and Sciences faculty at Columbia University passed a vote of no confidence in university president, Minouche Shafik. Sanya Mansoor, TIME, 17 May 2024 According to a Columbia Student News report, the University Senate held a special plenary on May 3 to discuss launching an investigative task force into the administration and a potential vote of no confidence against the president. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 7 May 2024 Such a vote of no confidence could hardly have landed pleasantly with the remaining Paramount shareholders. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2024 Members of the Mount Healthy Teachers Association issued a vote of no confidence in the district's superintendent and school board Tuesday evening. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 1 May 2024 The decisions to call in law enforcement, leading to hundreds of arrests nationwide, have prompted school faculty members at universities in California, Georgia and Texas to initiate or pass votes of no confidence in their leadership. CBS News, 27 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vote of no confidence was in 1835

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“Vote of no confidence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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