Entry from US English dictionary
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.
- There's a lot of talk about how it's the Senate and there's senatorial courtesy, and I think senatorial courtesy is fine.
- I think that the candidate, candidly, confused senatorial courtesy with the suppression of free speech.
- Alabama's senior senator informed colleagues privately that the nomination was ‘personally obnoxious’ to him, invoking the unwritten rule of senatorial courtesy.
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Syllabification: sen·a·tor·i·al cour·tes·y
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