Definition of cloture in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklōCHər/ /ˈkloʊtʃər/

Translate cloture into Spanish


  • (in a legislative assembly) a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote.

    ‘over 70 of the senators voted for cloture’
    • ‘a cloture motion’
    • ‘A cloture motion failed, and the nomination was withdrawn.’
    • ‘Four Democratic Senators have announced that they will vote in favor of a cloture motion, and at least one more is believed likely to do so.’
    • ‘He filed a cloture motion to end the debate and put the nomination to a vote.’
    • ‘On Tuesday, the cloture vote on the bill was 69 to 31.’
    • ‘Senate Republicans will press for a cloture vote tomorrow.’
    • ‘The fast track bill will be called in the Senate only when the White House knows it has the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture.’


Late 19th century from French clôture, from Old French closure (see closure).