Sine die

Grammarist

Sine die is an adverb borrowed from Latin which literally means without day. It is used in English to describe something as not having a future designation. Another synonym is indefinitely.

Sine die is almost exclusively used in conjunction with the verb adjourn. It is a designation used in government organizations. If a meeting adjourned sine die, it means that there is no definite plan to meet again or that it is close indefinitely. If sine die is used without adjourn, it is still used in the context of the closing of a governmental session or conference.

Examples

The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die Tuesday after a month-long winter session which saw a “record” number of bills being passed. [India TV News]

With both the Houses of Parliament adjourning sine die and reforms in a limbo, concerns about Modi’s ability to pass reforms kept investors in a cautious mood.[NASDAQ]

Although government managers are still optimistic of passing the Insurance Bill when the two Houses would adjourn sine die on Tuesday, it would be possible only if the Prime Minister Narendra Modi disapproves of the stand of BJP MPs on religious conversions in Parliament. [Asian Age]

Mark Legband, Steven Landholm will begin serving their first terms after the current council adjourns sine die during the 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the Municipal Building, 400 E. Military Ave. [Fremont Tribune]

While the Senate is done for the year, they didn’t declare “sine die” in case they need to come back to vote on something the House does. [The Columbus Dispatch]

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