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gag rule

n.
1. A rule, as in a legislative body, limiting discussion or debate on a bill or resolution under consideration.
2. A rule or policy preventing the discussion of certain issues by private parties as a condition of the receipt of public funding.
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gag rule

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gag resolution

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gag law

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(Parliamentary Procedure) US any closure regulation adopted by a deliberative body
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gag′ rule`


n.
any rule restricting open discussion or debate concerning a given issue, esp. in a deliberative body.
[1800–10, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gag rule - 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
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