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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.]

fil′i·bus′ter·er n.


[ˈfɪlɪˌbʌstərɪŋ] N (Pol) → maniobras fpl obstruccionistas, filibusterismo m


n (esp US) → Verschleppungstaktik f, → Obstruktionismus m
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