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
transitive verb-·tured, -·tur·ing
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.