Definition of senatorial courtesy in US English:

senatorial courtesy


  • A custom whereby presidential appointments are confirmed only if there is no objection to them by the senators from the appointee's state, especially from the senior senator of the president's party from that state.

    • ‘Second, the tradition of senatorial courtesy applies more broadly to judicial posts than to executive ones.’
    • ‘I think that the candidate, candidly, confused senatorial courtesy with the suppression of free speech.’
    • ‘There's a lot of talk about how it's the Senate and there's senatorial courtesy, and I think senatorial courtesy is fine.’
    • ‘Alabama's senior senator informed colleagues privately that the nomination was ‘personally obnoxious’ to him, invoking the unwritten rule of senatorial courtesy.’
    • ‘When Democrats were in power and Republicans were in the minority, senatorial courtesy prevailed in judicial nominations.’


senatorial courtesy

/ˌsenəˈtôrēəl ˈkərtəsē/