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senatorial courtesy

the practice in the U.S. Senate of confirming only those presidential appointees approved by both senators from the state of the appointee, or by the senior senator of the president's party.
Origin of senatorial courtesy
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Forgotten, in this moment, is senatorial courtesy and respect for the powers of the feudal system.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • He fell back upon the practice of senatorial courtesy, and held up the confirmation of the appointment.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson

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