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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.
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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
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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]
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filibuster


Past participle: filibustered
Gerund: filibustering

Imperative
filibuster
filibuster
Present
I filibuster
you filibuster
he/she/it filibusters
we filibuster
you filibuster
they filibuster
Preterite
I filibustered
you filibustered
he/she/it filibustered
we filibustered
you filibustered
they filibustered
Present Continuous
I am filibustering
you are filibustering
he/she/it is filibustering
we are filibustering
you are filibustering
they are filibustering
Present Perfect
I have filibustered
you have filibustered
he/she/it has filibustered
we have filibustered
you have filibustered
they have filibustered
Past Continuous
I was filibustering
you were filibustering
he/she/it was filibustering
we were filibustering
you were filibustering
they were filibustering
Past Perfect
I had filibustered
you had filibustered
he/she/it had filibustered
we had filibustered
you had filibustered
they had filibustered
Future
I will filibuster
you will filibuster
he/she/it will filibuster
we will filibuster
you will filibuster
they will filibuster
Future Perfect
I will have filibustered
you will have filibustered
he/she/it will have filibustered
we will have filibustered
you will have filibustered
they will have filibustered
Future Continuous
I will be filibustering
you will be filibustering
he/she/it will be filibustering
we will be filibustering
you will be filibustering
they will be filibustering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been filibustering
you have been filibustering
he/she/it has been filibustering
we have been filibustering
you have been filibustering
they have been filibustering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been filibustering
you will have been filibustering
he/she/it will have been filibustering
we will have been filibustering
you will have been filibustering
they will have been filibustering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been filibustering
you had been filibustering
he/she/it had been filibustering
we had been filibustering
you had been filibustering
they had been filibustering
Conditional
I would filibuster
you would filibuster
he/she/it would filibuster
we would filibuster
you would filibuster
they would filibuster
Past Conditional
I would have filibustered
you would have filibustered
he/she/it would have filibustered
we would have filibustered
you would have filibustered
they 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.
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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"
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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.
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Translations

filibuster

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

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

[ˈfɪlɪˌbʌstəʳ] (esp Am) (Pol)
1. nostruzionismo
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