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 pound was up 0.2% against the U.S. dollar Thursday, after the British prime minister on Wednesday narrowly survived a vote of no confidence triggered by rebel members of her Conservative Party. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "European Shares Creep Down Despite Trade Optimism," 13 Dec. 2018 Founders, who try not to sell shares too early lest it be read as a vote of no confidence in their company. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 2018 A day after the ruling, Mr. Sánchez demanded the parliamentary vote of no confidence. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, Is Ousted in No-Confidence Vote," 1 June 2018 The vote of no confidence is deeply troubling, unfounded and counterproductive to our collective goals. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Howard faculty council calls on university leaders to resign," 28 Apr. 2018 After a court ruling found that Mr. Rajoy’s party had benefited from a slush fund, Mr. Sánchez orchestrated a parliamentary revolt, winning the backing of a majority of lawmakers to oust Mr. Rajoy through a vote of no confidence. New York Times, "Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s New Leader, Returns From the Political Wilderness," 3 June 2018 In an interview Monday, Wright said his decision to resign was not related to the protest or the push by some faculty who have called for a vote of no confidence in Frederick. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "Progress reported in talks to end occupation at Howard University," 2 Apr. 2018 The number of ballots cast in the vote of no confidence represent approximately 83 percent of the employees in the New Plymouth School District, according to the letter. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "New Plymouth staff demands superintendent’s resignation for ‘creating a culture of fear’," 29 Jan. 2018 That country’s parliament will hold a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after graft convictions of businesspeople and officials tied to his conservative Popular Party. Washington Post, "Italian turmoil hits global markets, sending stocks plunging," 31 May 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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