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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 1992, when the economy had soured, Americans effectively cast a vote of no confidence in George H.W. Bush’s capacity to restore prosperity. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2020 Millions of people around the country are banging pots and pans out their window on a nightly basis in a distinctively Latin American vote of no confidence in their president. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2020 Why shouldn't your entry be seen as a bit of a vote of no confidence in Elizabeth Warren? NBC News, 17 Nov. 2019 In June, the Mesa police cast a vote of no confidence against Chief Ramon Batista, who had been accused of abandoning rank-and-file officers. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, 1 Nov. 2019 Ruslan Ryaboshapka was removed in a parliamentary vote of no confidence on Thursday night, after Zelenskiy said he should be dismissed, despite objections by ambassadors from G7 countries, including the United States. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 6 Mar. 2020 Previously, any vote of no confidence would trigger the prime minister’s resignation and a general election. The Economist, 8 Aug. 2019 Kurti's government was dismissed by a 82-32 vote of no confidence on Wednesday after weeks of downplaying concerns about the pandemic. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, 26 Mar. 2020 Warren Buffett his 31 newspapers in January, a powerful vote of no confidence in their financial future. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Vote of no confidence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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