vote of no confidence

noun phrase

Definition of vote of no confidence

: 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.

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The Sentinels had previously taken a vote of no confidence in Hils. Mark Curnutte,, "Black police group calls for FOP president Hils to step down," 2 Aug. 2019 Lawyer steps into the role following Ayesha Freeman, who led the school for two years before resigning when a group of Cleveland faculty issued a vote of no confidence in her leadership., "After end-of-year leadership controversy, Portland’s Cleveland High has a new principal," 10 July 2019 After months of uncertainty and years of corruption allegations, the next step may be a parliamentary vote of no confidence, which could happen this week. Benjamin H. Bradlow, Washington Post, "South Africa’s ruling party recalled President Zuma. But the ANC faces 3 big challenges.," 14 Feb. 2018 Two weeks before the election, the police association approved a vote of no confidence against Sellers. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara police chief to step down more than a year before term ends," 25 June 2019 The nuclear option might be a vote of no confidence in the prime minister. The Economist, "Tory candidates are misleading people about a no-deal Brexit," 13 June 2019 Mobley, the board chairman, had issued a statement after the vote of no confidence, expressing disappointment with the results. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Howard faculty council calls on university leaders to resign," 28 Apr. 2018 The unraveling of an alliance between conservatives and nationalists in Austria’s government is now threatening to end the 18-month tenure of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, as opposition parties demanded a vote of no confidence in his leadership. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Faces No-Confidence Vote," 21 May 2019 Further attrition could spur other Knesset members to call for a vote of no confidence and trigger early elections. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israeli Defense Minister Resigns, Threatening Netanyahu’s Grip on Power," 14 Nov. 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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: a formal vote by which people (such as the members of a legislature) indicate that they do not support a leader, government, etc.

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