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open convention

noun, U.S. Politics.
a party convention at which delegates are free to vote for the candidate of their choice.
Origin of open convention
First recorded in 1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is no great matter, but in open convention also I have perished by the sword.

  • The resolution was brought up later in open convention and the final vote resulted in 32 ayes and 24 noes.

  • This amazing declaration in open convention produced as much consternation on the platform as if Farr had dropped a bomb there.

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