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fil·i·bus·ter

 (fĭl′ə-bŭs′tər)
n.
1.
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
v.intr.
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.
v.tr.
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.

filibuster

(ˈfɪlɪˌbʌstə)
n
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
vb
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]
ˈfiliˌbusterer n
ˈfiliˌbusterism n

fil•i•bus•ter

(ˈfɪl əˌbʌs tər)

n.
1.
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]

filibuster


Past participle: filibustered
Gerund: filibustering

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
I filibustered
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Present Continuous
I am filibustering
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Present Perfect
I have filibustered
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Past Continuous
I was filibustering
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Past Perfect
I had filibustered
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Future
I will filibuster
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Future Perfect
I will have filibustered
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Future Continuous
I will be filibustering
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been filibustering
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would filibuster
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Past Conditional
I would have filibustered
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filibuster

The practice of trying to delay the passage of legislation by making long speeches or using other obstructive tactics.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Verb1.filibuster - obstruct deliberately by delaying
lawmaking, legislating, legislation - the act of making or enacting laws
blockade, obstruct, stymie, stymy, embarrass, hinder, block - hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"

filibuster

noun
1. obstruction, delay, postponement, hindrance, procrastination The Senator used a filibuster to stop the bill.
verb
1. obstruct, prevent, delay, put off, hinder, play for time, procrastinate They threatened to filibuster until senate adjourns.
Translations

filibuster

[ˈfɪlɪbʌstəʳ] (esp US) (Pol)
A. N (= person) (also filibusterer) → obstruccionista mf; (= act) → discurso m obstruccionista

filibuster

(esp US)
n
(= speech)Obstruktion f, → Dauerrede f
(= person) = filibusterer

filibuster

[ˈfɪlɪˌbʌstəʳ] (esp Am) (Pol)
1. nostruzionismo
References in classic literature ?
A party of filibusters from Zorah and Eschol captured the place, and lived there in a free and easy way, worshiping gods of their own manufacture and stealing idols from their neighbors whenever they wore their own out.
He is fitted to deal with the political filibusters of other cabinets, and it would be a pity therefore to employ him on our internal detective police.
There were only 58 filibusters in the next 52 years--barely one per year.
In the face of Republican filibusters of Obama appointments, they barred filibusters for executive branch nominees and federal judges aside from supreme court justices but still allowed it for supreme court nominees and legislation.
Supreme Court, all 52 Senate Republicans voted together to employ the so-called "nuclear option"--changing the chamber's rules to forbid filibusters on this or future nominations to the Supreme Court.
Democratic opposition to Gorsuch could prompt a Senate showdown over the confirmation of the conservative appeals court judge from Colorado, but Republicans could change the Senate's rules to disallow filibusters against Supreme Court nominees.
The idea is to make filibusters inconvenient and to require senators who wage them to both sacrifice and be accountable for their political positions.
3) Republican obstruction against these nominations was part of a broader strategy of forcing an unprecedented number of votes on whether the Senate should end filibusters using the Senate's "cloture" rule.
The most memorable filibusters in the American experience occurred in the 1950s and early 1960s, when various Southern senators tried to thwart much-needed civil rights legislation--legislation that eventually passed in the mid-1960s and became the pride of the nation, reaffirming the equality of all races (and also of both sexes).
In the nation's entire history, the presidents' cabinet choices were only blocked a total of less than 90 times, and yet this president has faced almost the same number of filibusters to the appointments to his cabinet.
Reuters/ Washington Democrats in the US Senate backed away yesterday from a potentially historic crackdown on filibusters in exchange for a Republican agreement to stop using them to block some long-stalled nominations made by President Barack Obama.