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  1. senatorial courtesy

    • IPA[ˌsenəˈtôrēəl ˈkərtəsē]


    • n.
      a custom whereby presidential appointments are confirmed only if there is no objection to them by the senators from the appointee's state, especially from the senior senator of the president's party from that state.
    • noun: senatorial courtesy, plural noun: senatorial courtesies