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executive session

noun, Government
1.
a session, generally closed to the public, of a legislative body or its leaders.
Origin of executive session
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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Examples from the Web for executive session
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  • As this case was in executive session of the Senate, there is no public record of it.

  • His thoughts were on the executive session he had attended that afternoon.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The committee, after asking more, and fruitless questions, went into executive session.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Why isn't this a good time for our Society to go into executive session?

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
  • Elsie had left this question to Captain Eri for settlement, and the trio and Mrs. Snow went into executive session immediately.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • We are all friends here, and will go at once into executive session.

    The Statesmen Snowbound Robert Fitzgerald
  • An executive session of a deliberative body is a session for executive business, as distinguished from legislative.

    Write It Right Ambrose Bierce
  • The faculty dismissed the class and the instructors went into executive session.

    The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
  • The Senate is so open when it is engaged on legislative work; but it is closed to the public when engaged in executive session.

  • I refer the whole subject to the Senate in executive session.

British Dictionary definitions for executive session

executive session

noun (US, government)
1.
a session of the Senate for the discussion of executive business, such as the ratification of treaties: formerly held in secret
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