Definitions for clotureˈkloʊ tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

clo•tureˈkloʊ tʃər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)a closing of debate in a legislative body in order to bring the question to a vote.

    Category: Government

  2. (v.t.)to close (a debate) by cloture.

    Category: Government, Common Vocabulary

Origin of cloture:

1870–75; < F clôture, MF closture < VL *clōstūra, alter. of L clōstra, claustra, pl. of claustrum barrier

Princeton's WordNet

  1. closure, cloture, gag rule, gag law(verb)

    a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body

  2. closure, cloture(verb)

    terminate debate by calling for a vote

    "debate was closured"; "cloture the discussion"


  1. cloture(Noun)

    In legislative assemblies that permit unlimited debate (filibuster); a motion, procedure or rule, by which debate is ended so that a vote may be taken on the matter. For example, in the United States Senate, a three-fifths majority vote of the body is required to invoke cloture and terminate debate.

  2. Origin: From the clôture, closure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cloture(noun)

    see Closure, 5


  1. Cloture

    Cloture is a motion or process in parliamentary procedure aimed at bringing debate to a quick end. It is also called closure or, informally, a guillotine. The cloture procedure originated in the French National Assembly, from which the name is taken. Clôture is French for "ending" or "conclusion". It was introduced into the Parliament of the United Kingdom by William Ewart Gladstone to overcome the obstruction of the Irish nationalist party and was made permanent in 1887. It was subsequently adopted by the United States Senate and other legislatures.

Anagrams of cloture

  1. coulter

Translations for cloture

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the act of enclosing.

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