What does cloture mean?

Definitions for clotureˈkloʊ tʃər

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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

  2. Origin: [F.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cloture

    klot′ūr, n. Same as Closure. [Fr. clôture—L. claudĕre, clausum, to shut.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloture in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard Blumenthal:

    If the cloture (procedural) vote becomes in effect the opportunity to vote in support of the agreement, I will vote in favor of closing debate.

  2. Mitch McConnell:

    Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week, how that happens really depends on our Democratic friends. How many of them are willing to oppose cloture on a partisan basis to kill a Supreme Court nominee.

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