Cloture (noun)

A legislative procedure to end a debate and bring a matter to a vote.


From the french word "clĂ´ture" meaning "closure or ending".


  1. The Senate voted for cloture to end the debate on the bill.
  2. The cloture vote was a close one and the bill barely passed.
  3. The cloture rule limits the time for debate on a bill in the Senate.
  4. The minority party tried to block the bill by refusing to vote for cloture.
  5. The cloture procedure was introduced to the Senate in 1917 to prevent filibusters.
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