sun-set / sŭn–sĕt
1. pertaining to a law that ends a government program or agency at a specified time, provided it is not extended
Sunset provisions are clauses embedded in legislation that cause regulatory boards and agencies to automatically expire after a given length of time unless positive action is taken to extend their lifespan, thereby forcing them to undergo review on a regular basis.
Libby Palanza, “Understanding the importance of sunset provisions”, ‘The Maine Wire’, www.themainewire.com/2022/06/understanding-the-importance-of-sunset-provisions, June 23, 2022
1. the time when the sun disappears below the horizon at the end of each day; the close of the day
Praise the day at sunset.
2. the sky as the sun disappears below the horizon each day
Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.
Sir John Lubbock, 1834 – 1913
3. the final stage or period of decline
I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.
Ronald Reagan, 1911 – 2004
4. the automatic termination of a government program or agency at a specified time, provided it is not extended
The law’s sunset means that, absent further Congressional action, the exemption amount would revert to the $5 million base, indexed.
Ashlea Eberling, “Final Tax Bill Includes Huge Estate Tax Win For The Rich: The $22.4 Million Exemption”, ‘Forbes’, www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2017/12/21/final-tax-bill-includes-huge-estate-tax-win-for-the-rich-the-22-4-million-exemption/?sh=4b4394011d54, December 21, 2017