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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.filibusterer - 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


n (esp US) → Filibuster m, → Dauerredner(in) m(f), → Obstruktionist(in) m(f)


[ˈfɪlɪˌbʌstərəʳ] n (esp Am) (Pol) → ostruzionista m/f
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If you were in our Senate," said Nixon, "we would call you a filibusterer.