adjourn (<<schwa>>-j<<schwa>>rn), vb. Parliamentary law. To end or postpone (a
proceeding). Cf. RECESS(2).
“A motion to recess suspends the current meeting until a later time; the unqualified motion to
adjourn terminates the meeting. When an assembly reconvenes following a recess, it resumes the
meeting at the point where it was interrupted by the motion to recess. When an assembly
reconvenes following an adjournment, it begins an entirely new meeting, starting with the first
step in the regular order of business.” Alice Sturgis, The Standard Code of Parliamentary
Procedure 76 (4th ed. 2001).
adjourn sine die (sI-nee [or sin-ay] dI-ee). [Latin “without date”] To end a deliberative
assembly’s or court’s session without setting a time to reconvene. — Also termed adjourn without
day. Cf. RISE(4).
adjourn to a day certain.To end a deliberative assembly’s or court’s session while fixing a
time for the next meeting. — Also termed adjourn to a day and time certain; fix a day to which to
adjourn without day.See adjourn sine die. [Blacks Law 8th]