What is majority?

  • (noun): (elections) more than half of the votes.
    Synonyms: absolute majority
    See also — Additional definitions below


A majority is a subset of a set consisting of more than half of the set's elements. This can be compared to a plurality, which is a subset larger than any other subset considered; i.e. a plurality is not necessarily a majority as the largest subset considered may consist of less than half the set's elements. In British English, majority and plurality are often used as synonyms, and the term majority is also alternatively used to refer to the winning margin, i.e. the number of votes separating the first-place finisher from the second-place finisher.

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Some articles on majority:

Treaty Establishing A Constitution For Europe - New Provisions - Functioning of The Institutions - Qualified Majority Voting
... of Ministers would be to be taken by qualified majority voting, requiring a 55% majority of members of the Council representing a 65% majority of citizens ...
New Democratic Party Of Manitoba - Election Results
... Popular vote % of popular vote Result 2011 Selinger 37 +1 NDP Majority 2007 Doer 36 +1 200,834 47.73% NDP Majority 2003 Doer 35 +3 195,425 49.47% NDP Majority ...
Vocal Majority
... The Vocal Majority (VM) is a Dallas, Texas-based men's chorus of over 150 singers, billed as "America's Premier Pops Chorus." The VM is part of the Dallas ... In July 2010, the Vocal Majority again earned a silver medal at the International Chorus Championship in Philadelphia ... The Vocal Majority has released over twenty recordings and has traveled extensively ...
John Pugh
... First elected in 2001 with a majority of 3,007, he was re-elected in 2005 with a slightly increased majority of 3,838, and again in 2010 with a majority of 6,024, or 13.8% ...
National Council (Slovakia) - Decision Making
... The parliament may vote only if a majority of all its members (76) are present ... To pass a decision the approval of a simple majority of all MPs present is required (i.e ... Almost all legal acts can be adopted by this relative majority ...

More definitions of "majority":

  • (noun): The age at which a person is considered competent to manage their own affairs.
    Synonyms: legal age
  • (noun): The property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part.
    Example: "The majority of his customers prefer it"
    Synonyms: bulk

Famous quotes containing the word majority:

    The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.
    John Caldwell Calhoun (1782–1850)

    You and I ... are convinced of the fact that if our Government in Washington and in a majority of the States should revert to the control of those who frankly put property ahead of human beings instead of working for human beings under a system of government which recognizes property, the nation as a whole would again be in a bad situation.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)

    The principle of majority rule is the mildest form in which the force of numbers can be exercised. It is a pacific substitute for civil war in which the opposing armies are counted and the victory is awarded to the larger before any blood is shed. Except in the sacred tests of democracy and in the incantations of the orators, we hardly take the trouble to pretend that the rule of the majority is not at bottom a rule of force.
    Walter Lippmann (1889–1974)