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a. The obstructing or delaying of legislative action, especially by prolonged speechmaking.
b. An instance of this, especially a prolonged speech.
2. An adventurer who engages in a private military action in a foreign country.
v. fil·i·bus·tered, fil·i·bus·ter·ing, fil·i·bus·ters
1. To obstruct or delay legislative action, especially by making prolonged speeches.
2. To take part in a private military action in a foreign country.
To use a filibuster against (a legislative measure, for example).
[From Spanish filibustero, freebooter, from French flibustier, from Dutch vrijbuiter, pirate; see freebooter.]
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the process or an instance of obstructing legislation by means of long speeches and other delaying tactics
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Also called: filibusterer a legislator who engages in such obstruction
3. (Historical Terms) a buccaneer, freebooter, or irregular military adventurer, esp a revolutionary in a foreign country
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to obstruct (legislation) with delaying tactics
5. (Historical Terms) (intr) to engage in unlawful and private military action
[C16: from Spanish filibustero, from French flibustier probably from Dutch vrijbuiter pirate, literally: one plundering freely; see freebooter]
fil•i•bus•ter(ˈfɪl əˌbʌs tər)
a. the use of irregular or obstructive tactics by a member of a legislative assembly to prevent the adoption of a measure.
b. an exceptionally long speech or other tactic used for this purpose.
c. Also, fil′i•bus`ter•er. a legislator who uses such tactics.
2. an irregular military adventurer.v.i.
3. to impede legislation by obstructive tactics.
4. to act as an irregular military adventurer, esp. for revolutionary purposes.v.t.
5. to impede (legislation) by obstructive tactics.
[1580–90; < Sp filibustero < Middle French flibustier, variant of fribustier; see freebooter]
Past participle: filibustered
The practice of trying to delay the passage of legislation by making long speeches or using other obstructive tactics.
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|Noun||1.||filibuster - a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes|
delayer - a person who delays; to put off until later or cause to be late
legislator - someone who makes or enacts laws
|2.||filibuster - (law) a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches|
delay, holdup - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
|Verb||1.||filibuster - obstruct deliberately by delaying|