Majority meaning

mə-jôrĭ-tē, -jŏr-
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Majority is defined as the greater portion or more than half.

An example of majority is 700 out of 1,000 people saying that they prefer vanilla to chocolate ice cream.

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The amount by which the greater number of votes cast, as in an election, exceeds the total number of remaining votes.
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The greater number or part; a number more than half of the total.
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The difference between the winning vote and the rest of the votes.

The winner with 53% had a 6% majority over the loser with 47%.

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The condition or time of having reached full legal age, with full legal rights and responsibilities.
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The political party, group, or faction having the most power by virtue of its larger representation or electoral strength.
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(mil.) The rank or position of a major.
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(law) The age at which a person is recognized as an adult by the law.
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The greater part or larger number; more than half of a total.
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The group, party, or faction with more than half of the votes.
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More than fifty percent of a total (usually referring to people in a group voting in an election or on a matter placed before them).
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More than half (50%) of some group.

The majority agreed that the new proposal was the best.

Those opposing the building plans were in the majority, so the building project was canceled.

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(dated) Legal adulthood.

By the time I reached my majority, I had already been around the world twice.

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(UK) The office held by a member of the armed forces in the rank of major.

On receiving the news of his promotion, Charles Snodgrass said he was delighted to be entering his majority.

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Ancestors; ancestry.
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The military rank, commission, or office of a major.
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The number by which the votes cast for the candidate, bill, etc. receiving more than half of the votes, exceed the remaining votes (Ex.: if candidate A gets 100 votes, candidate B, 50, and candidate C, 30, A has a majority of 20)
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(obs.) The state or quality of being greater.
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The status of having attained the age of adulthood as set by law.
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Origin of majority

  • French majorité from Medieval Latin māiōritās from Latin māior greater meg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French majorité.

    From Wiktionary