vote of no confidence

[ vohtuhv noh-kon-fi-duhns ]
/ ˈvoʊt əv ˈnoʊ ˈkɒn fɪ dəns /
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(in a legislative or similar body) a formal vote, especially after the introduction of a budget or other crucial and controversial piece of policy, taken with the intent of establishing that the majority of members are no longer prepared to allow the party or person in power to continue governing:The board of directors survived a vote of no confidence Wednesday.Prime Minister Cîtu's cabinet was the sixth in post-Communist Romania to be dismissed following a vote of no confidence.
any other formal vote, as in a general election, in which the majority votes against the person or party in power:The election was a clear vote of no confidence in the PM—not only did his party lose, but he lost his own seat.
any expression of lack of support or confidence:He says the existence of militias in his country is a vote of no confidence in the government's ability to provide justice and security.
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Origin of vote of no confidence

First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for vote of no confidence

vote of no confidence

parliament a vote on a motion put by the Opposition censuring an aspect of the Government's policy; if the motion is carried the Government is obliged to resignAlso called: vote of censure
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