cloture

[kloh-cher] U.S. Parliamentary Procedure.
noun
1.
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.
2.
to close (a debate) by cloture.

Origin:
1870–75; < French clôture, Middle French closture < Vulgar Latin *clōstūra, alteration of Latin clōstra, claustra, plural of claustrum barrier. See claustral, -ure

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To cloture
Collins
World English Dictionary
cloture (ˈkləʊtʃə)
 
n
1.  closure in the US Senate
 
vb
2.  (tr) to end (debate) in the US Senate by cloture
 
[C19: from French clôture, from Old French closure]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

cloture
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
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.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

cloture

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.

Learn more about cloture with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature