Definitions for: Majority


[n] the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part; "the majority of his customers prefer it"; "the bulk of the work is finished"
[n] (in an election) more than half of the votes
[n] the age at which a person is considered competent to manage their own affairs



Webster (1913) Definition: Ma*jor"i*ty, n.; pl. Majorities. [F. majorit['e].
See Major.]
1. The quality or condition of being major or greater;
superiority. Specifically:
(a) The military rank of a major.
(b) The condition of being of full age, or authorized by
law to manage one's own affairs.

2. The greater number; more than half; as, a majority of
mankind; a majority of the votes cast.

3. [Cf. L. majores.] Ancestors; ancestry. [Obs.]

4. 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.

To go over to, or To join, the majority, to die.

Synonyms: absolute majority, bulk, legal age

Antonyms: minority, minority, nonage

See Also: adulthood, age, eld, figure, legal status, maturity, number, relative quantity

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