Definition of casting vote in English:

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casting vote



An extra vote given by a chairperson to decide an issue when the votes on each side are equal.
Example sentences
  • The second thing I want to talk about is the meeting issue and the casting vote.
  • His troubles within the organisation culminated in 1930, when he had to rely on his own vote and the casting vote of the national secretary to survive.
  • A casting vote of the Chairman decided the issue.


Early 17th century: from an obsolete sense of cast 'turn the scale'.

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