[ kloh-cher ]
/ ˈkloʊ tʃər /
U.S. Parliamentary Procedure


a method of closing a debate and causing an immediate vote to be taken on the question.

verb (used with or without object), clo·tured, clo·tur·ing.

to close (a debate) by cloture.

Origin of cloture

1870–75; < French clôture, Middle French closture < Vulgar Latin *clōstūra, alteration of Latin clōstra, claustra, plural of claustrum barrier. See claustral, -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cloture

/ (ˈkləʊtʃə) /


closure in the US Senate


(tr) to end (debate) in the US Senate by cloture

Word Origin for cloture

C19: from French clôture, from Old French closure
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Cultural definitions for cloture

[ (kloh-chuhr) ]

A vote of a legislature used to stop debate on an issue and put the issue to a vote. (See filibuster.)

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