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Prorogue

[proh-rohg]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Late Middle English, 15th century

1.

To postpone a meeting without cancelling it

2.

To defer or suspend a legislative session

Examples of Prorogue in a sentence

"The board elected to prorogue the current course of action, tabling future meetings until a more suitable time."

"In a swift resolution, Parliament voted to prorogue all sessions until the end of the year."

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About Prorogue

As with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent desire to defer any British Parliamentary actions at the end of August, prorogue means to suspend or put off a given assembly's meetings or sessions, at least for the time being.

Did you Know?

Prorogue reaches back through Anglo-French to Latin origins in prorogare, meaning "to stretch out or prolong." Today, it is primarily used in reference to British Parliamentary happenings.

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