from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A usage, among diplomats, of rotation in precedence among representatives of equal rank, sometimes determined by lot and at other times in regular order. The practice obtains in the signing of treaties and conventions between nations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rotation; specifically, in diplomacy, a practice in accordance with which several states, in order to preserve the equality between them, take each in turn the first place, as, for example, in the signing of treaties.
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