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senatorial courtesy

noun
1.
the practice in the U.S. Senate of confirming only those presidential appointees approved by both senators from the state of the appointee, or by the senior senator of the president's party.
Origin of senatorial courtesy
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
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