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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A parliamentary procedure by which debate is ended and an immediate vote is taken on the matter under discussion. Also called closure.
  • transitive v. To apply cloture to (a parliamentary debate).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In legislative assemblies that permit unlimited debate (filibuster); a motion, procedure or rule, by which debate is ended so that a vote may be taken on the matter. For example, in the United States Senate, a three-fifths majority vote of the body is required to invoke cloture and terminate debate.


French clôture, from Old French closture, probably alteration of closure, closure; see closure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French clôture, closure. (Wiktionary)



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