Robert's Rules of Order

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Noun1.Robert's Rules of Order - a book of rules for presiding over a meeting; written by Henry M. Martin in 1876 and subsequently updated through many editions
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Today, Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (November 2000) has grown to more than 700 pages replete with the detailed information and language used primarily by professional parliamentarians.
According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (10th edition), a majority is "more than half of the votes cast by legal voters"; therefore a tie means that the motion is defeated.
For this reason Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised recommends that the procedure followed by smaller boards be less formal.