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Definition of Majority


  1. The quality or condition of being major or greater; superiority.
  2. The military rank of a major.
  3. The condition of being of full age, or authorized by law to manage one's own affairs.
  4. The greater number; more than half; as, a majority of mankind; a majority of the votes cast.
  5. Ancestors; ancestry.
  6. The amount or number by which one aggregate exceeds all other aggregates with which it is contrasted; especially, the number by which the votes for a successful candidate exceed those for all other candidates; as, he is elected by a majority of five hundred votes. See Plurality.

Majority Quotations

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Mark Twain

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Thomas Jefferson

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
Samuel Adams

In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
James Madison
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Majority Translations

majority in Dutch is meerderheid, meerderjarigheid
majority in German is Mehrheit
majority in Italian is maggioranza
majority in Portuguese is maioria
majority in Swedish is majoritet, flertal
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