from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The vote of a presiding officer in an assembly or council, given to break a tie.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See under Casting, Cumulative, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The vote of a presiding officer in an assembly or council, thrown to decide a question when the votes cast by the members are equally divided.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer to resolve a tie
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Ulpian, and Modestinus, were established as the oracles of jurisprudence: a majority was decisive: but if their opinions were equally divided, a casting vote was ascribed to the superior wisdom of Papinian.
From Hawkins, whom his casting vote made Provost of Oriel, he gained the Catholic doctrines of tradition and baptismal regeneration, as well as a certain precision of terms which, long afterwards, gave rise to