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tr.v. pro·rogued, pro·rogu·ing, pro·rogues
1. To discontinue a session of (a parliament, for example).
2. To postpone; defer.

[Middle English prorogen, from Old French proroguer, to postpone, from Latin prōrogāre : pro-, forward; see pro-1 + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

pro′ro·ga′tion n.
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(prəˈrəʊɡ) or


(Parliamentary Procedure) to discontinue the meetings of (a legislative body) without dissolving it
[C15: from Latin prorogāre literally: to ask publicly, from prō- in public + rogāre to ask]
prorogation n
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v.t. -rogued, -ro•guing.
1. to discontinue a session of (the British Parliament or a similar body).
2. to defer; postpone.
[1375–1425; late Middle English proroge < Latin prōrogāre to prolong, defer =prō- pro-1 + rogāre to ask]
pro`ro•ga′tion (-rəˈgeɪ ʃən) n.
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Past participle: prorogued
Gerund: proroguing

I prorogue
you prorogue
he/she/it prorogues
we prorogue
you prorogue
they prorogue
I prorogued
you prorogued
he/she/it prorogued
we prorogued
you prorogued
they prorogued
Present Continuous
I am proroguing
you are proroguing
he/she/it is proroguing
we are proroguing
you are proroguing
they are proroguing
Present Perfect
I have prorogued
you have prorogued
he/she/it has prorogued
we have prorogued
you have prorogued
they have prorogued
Past Continuous
I was proroguing
you were proroguing
he/she/it was proroguing
we were proroguing
you were proroguing
they were proroguing
Past Perfect
I had prorogued
you had prorogued
he/she/it had prorogued
we had prorogued
you had prorogued
they had prorogued
I will prorogue
you will prorogue
he/she/it will prorogue
we will prorogue
you will prorogue
they will prorogue
Future Perfect
I will have prorogued
you will have prorogued
he/she/it will have prorogued
we will have prorogued
you will have prorogued
they will have prorogued
Future Continuous
I will be proroguing
you will be proroguing
he/she/it will be proroguing
we will be proroguing
you will be proroguing
they will be proroguing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been proroguing
you have been proroguing
he/she/it has been proroguing
we have been proroguing
you have been proroguing
they have been proroguing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been proroguing
you will have been proroguing
he/she/it will have been proroguing
we will have been proroguing
you will have been proroguing
they will have been proroguing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been proroguing
you had been proroguing
he/she/it had been proroguing
we had been proroguing
you had been proroguing
they had been proroguing
I would prorogue
you would prorogue
he/she/it would prorogue
we would prorogue
you would prorogue
they would prorogue
Past Conditional
I would have prorogued
you would have prorogued
he/she/it would have prorogued
we would have prorogued
you would have prorogued
they would have prorogued
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.prorogue - hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
call - stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"
hold - stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
suspend - render temporarily ineffective; "the prison sentence was suspended"
probate - put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
reprieve, respite - postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
2.prorogue - adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body
adjourn, retire, withdraw - break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library"
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[prəˈrəʊg] VTprorrogar
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While prorogations are within his remit, both the length of the suspension and its timing have led to howls of outrage and protest across Britain.
In the same timeframe, other prorogations lasted for anywhere between three and seven days.
The longest prorogation in the last 40 years was three weeks and those longer prorogations tend to happen because there is a good reason such as public holidays.
It should be noted the "past constitutional practice" argument seems to be based on prorogations that were the subject of some debate.
While a detailed analysis of the above questions is beyond the immediate purview of this paper, there are some interesting similarities and some important differences between the 2008 and 2009 prorogations. In 2008 at issue was the way prorogation undermined the confidence convention, stoked nationalistic tensions, and appeared to sanction constitutional inversion without any democratic process.
It was the need for wartime legislation that led to longer sittings and briefer prorogations starting in 1940.
This paper does not intend to ignore or gloss over the way that the prorogations of 1873 and 2008 unfolded in reality; clearly the majority of the political actors--certainly Lord Dufferin and Michaelle Jean themselves --believed that the Office of the Governor General possessed the reserve power to accept or reject the prime minister's request.
ENPNewswire-August 30, 2019--University College London: Analysis: Prorogation is an 'abuse of executive power' says UCL's Constitution Unit
The decision of Governor General Michaelle Jean to grant prorogation when requested by Prime Minister Harper in 2008 and 2009 led to considerable debate among students of Parliament as to the discretionary power of a governor general to reject advice of a prime minister.