- to discontinue a session of (the British Parliament or a similar body).
- to defer; postpone.
Origin of prorogue
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Examples from the Web for prorogation
He suggested that the general should reopen it after the prorogation.The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon
Jos Maria Gordon
Soon after the prorogation William set out for the Continent.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
They were confined till the prorogation, and were much visited.The Diary of John Evelyn, Volume II (of 2)
The heat of the dispute rendered a prorogation necessary (March 14).A History of England, Period III.
Rev. J. Franck Bright
So you have decided on prorogation, said Talleyrand to one of the ministers.Talleyrand
- to discontinue the meetings of (a legislative body) without dissolving it
Word Origin and History for prorogation
early 15c., "to prolong, extend," from Old French proroger, proroguer (14c.), from Latin prorogare, literally "to ask publicly," from pro "before" (see pro-) + rogare "to ask" (see rogation). Perhaps the original sense in Latin was "to ask for public assent to extending someone's term in office." Legislative meaning "discontinue temporarily" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Prorogation.