noun (plural majorities)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
mid 16th century (denoting superiority): from French majorité, from medieval Latin majoritas, from Latin major (see major).
Strictly speaking, majority should be used with countable nouns to mean ‘the greater number’, as in the majority of cases. Use with uncountable nouns to mean ‘the greatest part’, as in I spent the majority of the day reading, is not considered good standard English, although it is common in informal contexts.
be in the majority
- Belong to or constitute the larger group or number: publishing houses where women are in the majorityMore example sentences
- 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.