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Prolonging or putting off to another day. The discontinuation or termination of a session of the legislature, parliament, or the like. In English Law, a prorogation is the Continuance of the parliament from one session to another, as an adjournment is a continuation of the session from day to day. In Civil Law, giving time to do a thing beyond the term previously fixed.

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1 an agreement to accept the jurisdiction of a given court.
2 the exercise of the ROYAL PREROGATIVE ending a session of Parliament.
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PROROGATION. To put off to another time. It is generally applied to the English parliament, and means the continuance of it from one day to another; it differs from adjournment, which is a continuance of it from one day to another in the same session. 1 Bl. Com. 186.
     2. In the civil law, prorogation signifies the time given to do a thing beyond the term prefixed. Dig. 2, 14, 27, 1. See Prolongation.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"The government's understandable desire to bring this long session to an end and outline a new legislative programme in a Queen's Speech could be met with a prorogation of one to two weeks' duration.
(9) In subsequent research I surveyed twenty-five constitutional scholars, ten journalists, and five Advisors to the Crown; I examined this data using the Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) to assess support for key propositions published since the 2008 prorogation. (10) My research suggested a large majority agreed that the Governor General had discretion in 2008 to refuse the Prime Minister's request.
stroke, drug addiction); and the use of the prorogation mechanism in a way that seriously violates overarching constitutional principles in a non-remediable way.
This paper applies theoretical contributions drawn from sociology and criminology to explore the 2008 prorogation. By relying upon existing treatments and past analyses, I unpack notions of responsible government and demonstrate how the prime minister's prorogation request represented the culmination of a pattern of parliamentary disregard, relied on the manipulation of nationalistic tensions, and had the effect of up-ending core principles of responsible government based on an unexplored and untested theory of an unitary executive.
That year, only the constitutional requirement that Parliament must meet at least once every twelve months put an end to the prorogation.
The prorogation of parliament in 2008 left Canadians--politicians, academics, and the electorate alike--scrambling to figure out the constitutional role of the governor general.
the governor general's reserve power ought not to apply to prorogation."
The history and evolution of prorogation can only be properly understood if the roots of the existence of parliament itself are first confirmed.