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A parliamentary procedure by which debate is ended and an immediate vote is taken on the matter under discussion. Also called closure.
tr.v. clo·tured, clo·tur·ing, clo·tures
To apply cloture to (a parliamentary debate).

[French clôture, from Old French closture, probably alteration of closure, closure; see closure.]


(Parliamentary Procedure) closure in the US Senate
(Parliamentary Procedure) (tr) to end (debate) in the US Senate by cloture
[C19: from French clôture, from Old French closure]


(ˈkloʊ tʃər)

n., v. -tured, -tur•ing. n.
1. a closing of debate in a legislative body in order to bring the question to a vote.
2. to close (a debate) by cloture.
[1870–75; < French clôture, Middle French closture < Vulgar Latin *clōstūra, alter. of Latin clōstra, claustra, pl. of claustrum barrier]


Past participle: clotured
Gerund: cloturing

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cloture - a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body
parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, rules of order, order - a body of rules followed by an assembly
closure by compartment, guillotine - closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill
Verb1.cloture - terminate debate by calling for a vote; "debate was closured"; "cloture the discussion"
terminate, end - bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"


A. N (US) (Pol) → clausura f
B. CPD cloture rule Ncontrol del tiempo de intervención (en un debate)
References in classic literature ?
It couldn't have gone on so long," Lady Muriel musingly remarked, "if the Opposition hadn't been practically silenced--put under what the French call la cloture.
Gregory Koger, Getting Closure: Majority Rule and Cloture Reform in the Senate, 1949-75 (2010) (unpublished manuscript) (on file with authors).
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Al Bachir est egalement prevu de participer a la soiree de cloture du 6e festival de la mer rouge pour le tourisme et le shopping qui sera organisee au stadium de Port-Soudan.
attempts by a Senate majority to invoke cloture on presidential nominees
Furthermore, Senate Rules also allowed cloture to be invoked only on a bill being debated on the floor of the Senate.
As an alternative, leaders of the Senate's Democratic majority could seek a cloture vote to allow Magistrate Judge Hillman's nomination vote to be placed on the Senate floor schedule.
1726) to repeal the rule already failed to clear a procedural cloture vote in the Senate last Thursday.
The Small Business Innovation Research program, or SBIR, failed a Senate cloture vote--a process to end debate on a piece of legislation and cut off further amendments--on a 52-44 vote, with 60 votes needed to end debate.
Reid spoke following a cloture vote of 60 to 40, which allowed a vote on the extension to go forward without a Republican filibuster.
But the number loosely corresponds to the number of Senate cloture motions--which cut off debate and require a supermajority of 60 votes for approval.
That's the rule requiring a three-fifths vote for cloture, or ending a filibuster.