the parliamentary procedure by which debate is closed and the measure under discussion is put to an immediate vote
Origin of clotureFrench clôture, a closing, closing of debate ; from Old French closture ; from Medieval Latin clostura (altered after Classical Latin claustrum: see cloister) ; from Classical Latin clausura: see closure
to apply cloture to (a debate, bill, etc.)
A parliamentary procedure by which debate is ended and an immediate vote is taken on the matter under discussion. Also called closure.
transitive verbclo·tured, clo·tur·ing, clo·tures
To apply cloture to (a parliamentary debate).
Origin of clotureFrench clôture, from Old French closture, probably alteration of closure, closure; see closure.
- (law) 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.
From the French clôture, closure.