Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of continuing, prolonging, or protracting; continuance in time or duration; a lengthening out to a distant time; prolongation; the delaying of action upon anything.
- n. The act of proroguing; more specifically, the right which belongs to the British crown, exercised by its ministers, of terminating a session of Parliament; also, the exercise of that right.
- n. In astral., the exercise of the office of prorogator.
- n. politics The period between two sessions of a legislative body. When a legislature or parliament is prorogued, it is still constituted (that is, all members remain as members and a general election is not necessary), but all orders of the body (bills, motions, etc.) are expunged.
- n. The action of proroging an assembly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The act of counting in duration; prolongation.
- n. engraving The act of proroguing; the ending of the session of Parliament, and postponing of its business, by the command of the sovereign.
- n. discontinuation of the meeting (of a legislative body) without dissolving it
“The right-wing pundistas tell us at length why the burgeoning Facebook group opposed to prorogation is irrelevant.”
“I second everything that TTF said, including that prorogation is a major problem that must be reformed.”
“This prorogation is in the kings power and is often done for ten dayes only to put a stop to heares and debates in the houses, and also to put an end to something that is not Lik'd by ye government.”
“Well, as Prime Minister, when he feels Parliment (same as your congress) is disjoined he can call a prorogation, a prorogation is a closing of Parliment (congress).”
“Roy MacGregor, while largely acknowledging that Stephen Harper seem to have little but contempt for Parliament, insists that no one but Parliament Hill reporters and opposition MPs much cares about prorogation, which is hard to pronounce and just plain boooooring.”
“The states-general of the League did not appear again; their prorogation was their death.”
“But the bill for that purpose passed but by a majority of one in the Lords; and it was entirely lost by a prorogation, which is the act of the crown.”
“Opposition Leader Tim Hudak echoed Horwath's concerns, calling prorogation an attempt to”
“But, having said that, his prorogation was the first step in a long process that in the end did not hold him accountable for the sponsorship scandal.”
“The prorogation is the only way you are going to get it.”
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