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majority

División en sílabas: ma·jor·i·ty
Pronunciación: /məˈjôrədē
 
, məˈjärədē
 
/

Definición de majority en inglés:

sustantivo (plural majorities)

1The greater number: in the majority of cases all will go smoothly [as modifier]: it was a majority decision
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Should I really just accept decisions of the majority of the town council, and not speak out if I believe them to be wrong?
  • I totally agree with the thought that he is mistaken in the majority of his decisions, don't you?
  • Medieval agriculture was undertaken by peasants who of course constituted the overwhelming majority of the total population.
Sinónimos
larger part/number, greater part/number, best/better part, most, more than half;
plurality, bulk, mass, weight, (main) body, preponderance, predominance, generality, lion's share
1.1US The number by which votes for one candidate in an election are more than those for all other candidates combined.
Example sentences
  • Without this shift, Kerry would have had a popular majority of a million votes.
Sinónimos
(winning) margin, superiority of numbers/votes;
landslide
1.2British The number by which the votes for one party or candidate exceed those of the next in rank.
Example sentences
  • At the last general election in 2001 he had a majority of 4,275 votes over the Conservative candidate.
  • He currently has a majority of 4,922 votes - surely enough to defeat the Conservative in second place.
  • In this example, the clear winner is candidate A with a majority over Candidate B of 5,000.
1.3A party or group receiving the greater number of votes.
Example sentences
  • McKibbin is right, however, to point out that massive Parliamentary majorities emasculate political parties and their ideologies.
  • In last June's general elections, the party lost its parliamentary majority.
  • Following a number of defections from other parties, Thai Rak Thai commanded an absolute majority in parliament.
2The age when a person is legally considered a full adult, in most contexts either 18 or 21.
Example sentences
  • David was not convicted of a criminal offence after the age of majority.
  • As each beneficiary reaches the age of majority, the rule in Saunders and Vautier may apply.
  • That injunction was of unlimited duration, although it would inevitably end when the ward reached the age of majority.
Sinónimos
legal age, adulthood, manhood/womanhood, maturity;
age of consent, coming of age
3The rank or office of a major.
Example sentences
  • In 1872 Captain Macfarlane was promoted to majority.

Origen

mid 16th century (denoting superiority): from French majorité, from medieval Latin majoritas, from Latin major (see major).

Uso

1 Strictly speaking, majority should be used with countable nouns to mean ‘the greater number’: the majority of cases. The use of majority with uncountable nouns to mean ‘the greatest part’ ( I spent the majority of the day reading), although common in informal contexts, is not considered good standard English. 2 Majority means more than half: fifty-one out of a hundred is a majority. A plurality is the largest number among three or more. Consider the following scenarios: If Anne received 50 votes, Barry received 30, and Carlos received 20, then Anne received a plurality, and no candidate won a majority. If Anne got 35 votes, Barry 14, and Carlos 51, then Carlos won both the plurality and the majority.

Frases

be in the majority

1
Belong to or constitute the larger group or number: publishing houses where women are in the majority
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • You know as youths, we do not like being in the majority and yet dominated by those in the minority.
  • This is more a function of the corrupting affect of being in the majority, I think, than of which ideology is dominant.
  • Students I interviewed who attended southern schools said that right-of-center kids were in the majority and set the tone.

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