[kloh-cher] U.S. Parliamentary Procedure.
a method of closing a debate and causing an immediate vote to be taken on the question.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), clotured, cloturing.
to close (a debate) by cloture.

1870–75; < French clôture, Middle French closture < Vulgar Latin *clōstūra, alteration of Latin clōstra, claustra, plural of claustrum barrier. See claustral, -ure Unabridged
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cloture (ˈkləʊtʃə)
1.  closure in the US Senate
2.  (tr) to end (debate) in the US Senate by cloture
[C19: from French clôture, from Old French closure]

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Word Origin & History

1871, the Fr. word for "the action of closing," applied to debates in the Fr. Assembly, from Fr. clôture, from O.Fr. closture, from L. claustura.
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Cultural Dictionary
cloture [(kloh-chuhr)]

A vote of a legislature used to stop debate on an issue and put the issue to a vote. (See filibuster.)

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Encyclopedia Britannica


in parliamentary procedure, method for ending debate and securing an immediate vote on a measure that is before a deliberative body, even when some members wish to continue the debate. Provision for invoking cloture was made in the British House of Commons in 1882, with the requirement that such a motion could carry only if it received at least 100 affirmative votes.

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Example sentences
Fifty-six senators voted to cut off debate and move forward to a vote on the bill itself, a step known as cloture.
The measure is simply put on hold until the next cloture vote.
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