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casting vote

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noun
  1. the deciding vote of the presiding officer of a deliberative body, made when the other votes are equally divided.
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Origin of casting vote

First recorded in 1685–95
Also called casting voice.
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Examples from the Web for casting vote

Historical Examples

  • But fancy the President speaking against me, though he has a casting-vote.

    Gulmore, The Boss

    Frank Harris

  • Brunowski took no part in the division, but had the right of a casting-vote.

    The Shadow of the Czar

    John R. Carling

  • The Governor-General had in it but one vote, and in case of equality, a casting-vote.

    Rulers of India: Lord Clive

    George Bruce Malleson

  • This Committee, by the casting-vote of its Chairman, has decided that I am not entitled to affirm.

  • The Raad was exactly divided on the measure, and it was eventually lost by the casting-vote of the chairman.

    The Transvaal from Within

    J. P. Fitzpatrick


British Dictionary definitions for casting vote

casting vote

noun
  1. the deciding vote used by the presiding officer of an assembly when votes cast on both sides are equal in number
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