- the use of irregular or obstructive tactics by a member of a legislative assembly to prevent the adoption of a measure generally favored or to force a decision against the will of the majority.
- an exceptionally long speech, as one lasting for a day or days, or a series of such speeches to accomplish this purpose.
- a member of a legislature who makes such a speech.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of filibuster
OTHER WORDS FROM filibusterfil·i·bus·ter·er, nounfil·i·bus·ter·ism, nounfil·i·bus·ter·ous, adjectivean·ti·fil·i·bus·ter, noun, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for filibuster
All it takes to eliminate the filibuster, and to unlock that agenda, is 51 votes.
Whether, in other words, to eliminate the modern filibuster, and make governance possible again.
The filibuster for judges is long gone, and soon may disappear from legislative bills as well.Donald Dossier: Seizing the Moment to Fill RBG’s Seat|Tracy Moran|September 19, 2020|Ozy
To get any of that done, Democrats would need to first secure a majority in the Senate and then end the filibuster.
In terms of the confirmation process, that was up to the Senate to determine and ultimately they decided to get rid of the filibuster in that context.Does the President Matter as Much as You Think? (Ep. 404)|Stephen J. Dubner|February 6, 2020|Freakonomics
When the former engaged in his drone filibuster, Cruz showed up in support; ditto for Paul when Cruz held an Obamacare filibuster.
The Democrats did not by themselves have the votes to defeat a Southern filibuster in the Senate.Lyndon Johnson’s Last Miracle: The Civil Rights Act Turns 50|Nicolaus Mills|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Paul has altered the national conversation once before, with his filibuster on drones.Rand Paul’s Comments on GOP Voter-ID Laws Mark a Turning Point|James Poulos|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Senate Democrats failed in their effort to end a filibuster on a bill that would raise minimum wage to $10.10 on Wednesday.
Two big matters in particular: the filibuster, and presidential nominations.Here’s What Happens When the GOP Takes Over the Senate|Michael Tomasky|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In September I see the bold filibuster flying from clump to clump of the pink heather pillaged by the Bee.More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
I framed it all up for this filibuster trip you're on, Scraggsy, only I never did hear that they'd picked on you.Captain Scraggs|Peter B. Kyne
After some moments of silence he asked the captain, "Who is this man, this filibuster whom they term the Whirlwind?"
Sir Thomas Reade, the noisiest filibuster of them all, indicates his method of settling matters at Longwood.The Tragedy of St. Helena|Walter Runciman
With the exception of the buccaneer, the filibuster or the cannibal no one enters the private habitation of Blue Beard?
British Dictionary definitions for filibuster
Derived forms of filibusterfilibusterer, nounfilibusterism, noun
Word Origin for filibuster
Cultural definitions for filibuster
A strategy employed in the United States Senate, whereby a minority can delay a vote on proposed legislation by making long speeches or introducing irrelevant issues. A successful filibuster can force withdrawal of a bill. Filibusters can be ended only by cloture.