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casting vote

the deciding vote of the presiding officer of a deliberative body, made when the other votes are equally divided.
Also called casting voice.
Origin of casting vote
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Brunowski took no part in the division, but had the right of a casting-vote.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • This Committee, by the casting-vote of its Chairman, has decided that I am not entitled to affirm.

  • But fancy the President speaking against me, though he has a casting-vote.

    Gulmore, The Boss Frank Harris
  • The voting being equal, Capt. Pearson gave the casting-vote in his own favour, and declared himself duly elected.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • The voting was equal, and the Mayor giving his casting-vote in favour of the latter, Mr. Coaks was declared duly elected.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • Consequently the voting was even, and the retiring Mayor gave his casting-vote in favour of Mr. Coaks.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • The Governor-General had in it but one vote, and in case of equality, a casting-vote.

    Rulers of India: Lord Clive George Bruce Malleson
  • The Raad was exactly divided on the measure, and it was eventually lost by the casting-vote of the chairman.

    The Transvaal from Within J. P. Fitzpatrick
British Dictionary definitions for casting-vote

casting vote

the deciding vote used by the presiding officer of an assembly when votes cast on both sides are equal in number
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