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Definition of Minority


  1. The state of being a minor, or under age.
  2. State of being less or small.
  3. The smaller number; -- opposed to majority; as, the minority must be ruled by the majority.

Minority Quotations

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
Ayn Rand

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

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

Most Christian 'believers' tend to echo the cultural prejudices and worldviews of the dominant group in their country, with only a minority revealing any real transformation of attitudes or consciousness. It has been true of slavery and racism, classism and consumerism and issues of immigration and health care for the poor.
Richard Rohr
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Minority Translations

minority in Dutch is minderheids-
minority in German is Minderheit
minority in Swedish is minoriteter
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