Word + Quiz: prorogue

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Word + Quiz: prorogue

: suspend, terminate or adjourn a session of Parliament by royal prerogative, without dissolving the legislative body

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The word prorogue has appeared in 22 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 24 in “Lady Hale, U.K. Supreme Court Judge, Speaks Calmly and Brings Down the Hammer” by Yonette Joseph and Ceylan Yeginsu:

LONDON — When the full weight of Britain’s Supreme Court came down on Tuesday against the suspension of Parliament, it was dropped like a hammer on Prime Minister Boris Johnson by the first woman to serve as the court’s president: Lady Hale.

In calm, clipped, riveting tones, she read the damning judgment from a sheaf of papers ruling on the act of suspension, called “prorogation.” “The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification,” the judge said.

She added: “The prorogation was void and of no effect — Parliament has not been prorogued.”

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