One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in a legislative assembly) a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote; closure.as modifier ‘a cloture motion’
- ‘A cloture motion failed, and the nomination was withdrawn.’
- ‘He filed a cloture motion to end the debate and put the nomination to a vote.’
- ‘Senate Republicans will press for a cloture vote tomorrow.’
- ‘The fast track bill will be called in the Senate only when the White House knows it has the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture.’
- ‘On Tuesday, the cloture vote on the bill was 69 to 31.’
- ‘Four Democratic Senators have announced that they will vote in favor of a cloture motion, and at least one more is believed likely to do so.’
Late 19th century: from French clôture, from Old French closure (see closure).
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