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 (mə-jôr′ĭ-tē, -jŏr′-)
n. pl. ma·jor·i·ties
1. The greater number or part; a number more than half of the total.
2. The amount by which the greater number of votes cast, as in an election, exceeds the total number of remaining votes.
3. The political party, group, or faction having the most power by virtue of its larger representation or electoral strength.
4. Law The age at which a person is recognized as an adult by the law.
5. The military rank, commission, or office of a major.

[French majorité, from Medieval Latin māiōritās, from Latin māior, greater; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: When majority refers to a particular number of votes, it takes a singular verb: Her majority was five votes. His majority has been growing by 5 percent every year. When it refers to a group of persons or things that are in the majority, it may take either a singular or plural verb, depending on whether the group is considered as a whole or as a set of people considered individually. So we say The majority elects (not elect) the candidate it wants (not they want), since the election is accomplished by the group as a whole; but The majority of the voters live (not lives) in the city, since living in the city is something that each voter does individually. · Majority is often preceded by great (but not by greater) in expressing emphatically the sense of "most of": The great majority approved. The phrase greater majority is appropriate only when considering two majorities: He won by a greater majority in this election than in the last.
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n, pl -ties
1. the greater number or part of something: the majority of the constituents.
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in an election) the number of votes or seats by which the strongest party or candidate beats the combined opposition or the runner-up. See relative majority, absolute majority
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the largest party or group that votes together in a legislative or deliberative assembly
4. (Law) the time of reaching or state of having reached full legal age, when a person is held competent to manage his own affairs, exercise civil rights and duties, etc
5. (Military) the rank, office, or commission of major
6. euphemistic the dead (esp in the phrases join the majority, go or pass over to the majority)
7. obsolete the quality or state of being greater; superiority
8. (modifier) of, involving, or being a majority: a majority decision; a majority verdict.
9. in the majority forming or part of the greater number of something
[C16: from Medieval Latin mājoritās, from major (adj)]
Usage: The majority of can only refer to a number of things or people. When talking about an amount, most of should be used: most of (not the majority of) the harvest was saved
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(məˈdʒɔr ɪ ti, -ˈdʒɒr-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the greater part or number; a number larger than half the total.
2. the amount by which the greater number surpasses the remainder (disting. from plurality).
3. the party or faction with the majority vote.
4. the state or time of being of full legal age: to attain one's majority.
5. the military rank or office of a major.
[1545–55; < Medieval Latin majōritās. See major, -ity]
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1. 'majority'

If something is true of the majority of the people or things in a group, it is true of more than half of them.

The majority of students in the class will go on to study at college.
In the majority of cases, the illness can be treated successfully.

When the majority is not followed by 'of', you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb after it.

The majority is still undecided about which way to vote.
The majority were in favour of the proposal.

However, when you use the majority of followed by a plural noun or pronoun, you must use a plural form of a verb after it.

The majority of cars on the road have only one person in them.
2. 'most of'

Don't use 'the majority' when you are talking about an amount of something or part of something. Don't say, for example, 'The majority of the forest has been cut down'. Say 'Most of the forest has been cut down'.

Most of the food was good.
Katya did most of the work.
See most
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.majority - the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two partsmajority - 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"
number, figure - the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"
minority - being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts; "when the vote was taken they were in the minority"; "he held a minority position"
2.majority - (elections) more than half of the votesmajority - (elections) more than half of the votes
election - a vote to select the winner of a position or political office; "the results of the election will be announced tonight"
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
3.majority - the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairsmajority - the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs
eld, age - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld"
adulthood, maturity - the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed
nonage, minority - any age prior to the legal age
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1. most, more, mass, bulk, best part, better part, lion's share, preponderance, plurality, greater number The majority of our customers come from out of town.
2. margin, landslide They approved the move by a majority of ninety-nine.
3. adulthood, maturity, age of consent, seniority, manhood or womanhood Once you reach your majority you can do what you please.
"One, on God's side, is a majority" [Wendell Phillips]
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A. N
1.mayoría f
a two-thirds majorityuna mayoría de las dos terceras partes
they won by a majorityganaron por mayoría
in the majority of casesen la mayoría or la mayor parte de los casos
such people are in a majorityla mayoría de la gente es así, predomina la gente así
to be in a majority of threeformar parte de una mayoría de tres
the vast majorityla inmensa mayoría
the great majority of lecturersla mayoría or la mayor parte de los conferenciantes
2. (Jur) to attain one's majorityllegar a la mayoría de edad
B. CPD majority decision N by a majority decisionpor decisión mayoritaria or de la mayoría
majority interest Ninterés m mayoritario
majority rule Ngobierno m mayoritario, gobierno m en mayoría
majority (share)holding Naccionariado m mayoritario
majority verdict N by a majority verdictpor fallo or veredicto mayoritario
majority vote N by a majority votepor la mayoría de los votos

Singular or plural verb?
When mayoría is the subject of a verb, the verb can be in the singular or the plural, depending on the context.
 When translating majority rather than most, put the verb in the singular if majority is seen as a unit rather than a collection of individuals:
The socialist majority voted against the four amendments La mayoría socialista votó en contra de las cuatro enmiendas
 If la mayoría is seen as a collection of individuals, particularly when it is followed by de + ((PLURAL NOUN)), the plural form of the verb is more common than the singular, though both are possible:
The majority still wear this uniform La mayoría siguen vistiendo or sigue vistiendo este uniforme Most scientists believe it is a mistake La mayoría de los científicos creen or cree que se trata de un error
 The plural form must be used when la mayoría or la mayoría de + ((PLURAL NOUN)) is followed by ser or estar + ((plural complement)):
Most of them are men La mayoría son hombres Most of the dead were students La mayoría de los muertos eran estudiantes Most of the children were black La mayoría de los niños eran negros
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[people] → majorité f
to be in a majority → être en majorité
to be in the majority → être en majorité
the majority of (= most of) → la majorité de
the majority of my patients → la majorité de mes patients
the vast majority of ... → la quasi totalité de ...
[successful candidate, party, government] → majorité f
a majority of ...
Harris was elected with a majority of 15,479 → Harris a été élu à une majorité de 15 479 voix.
(= adulthood) → majorité f
to reach one's majority → atteindre sa majorité
modif [holding] → majoritaire; [view, vote] → majoritairemajority decision ndécision f à la majoritémajority opinion n (US)arrêt m rendu à la majorité (des votes des juges)majority rule nrègle f de la majoritémajority shareholding nparticipation f majoritaire, participation f de contrôlemajority verdict n [jury] → verdict m rendu à la majoritémajor key nton m majeurmajor league n (US) (SPORT)première division fmajor-league [ˌmeɪdʒərˈliːg]
modif [team, baseball, game] → de première division
adj (= top-rank) → de premier ordre
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Mehrheit f; the majority of casesdie Mehrheit or Mehrzahl der Fälle; to be in a or the majorityin der Mehrzahl sein; to be in a majority of 3eine Mehrheit von 3 Stimmen haben; to have/get a majoritydie Mehrheit haben/bekommen; to have a majority of 10eine Mehrheit von 10 Stimmen haben; what was his majority?wie groß war seine Mehrheit?; a two-thirds majoritydie Zweidrittelmehrheit; by a small or narrow majoritymit knapper Mehrheit
(Jur) → Volljährigkeit f, → Mündigkeit f; to reach the age of majorityvolljährig or mündig werden


majority decision
majority holding
n (Fin) → Mehrheitsbeteiligung f
majority rule
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1. n
the majority of people → la maggior parte della gente
elected by a majority of two → eletto con una maggioranza di due voti
to be in the majority → essere in maggioranza
b. (Law) the age of majorityla maggiore età
2. adj (verdict) → maggioritario/a; (government) → di maggioranza
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(ˈmeidʒə) adjective
great, or greater, in size, importance etc. major and minor roads; a major discovery.
1. (often abbreviated to Maj. when written) the rank next below lieutenant-colonel.
2. (American) the subject in which you specialize at college or university. a major in physics; Her major is psychology.
(with in) (American) to study a certain subject in which you specialize at college or university. She is majoring in philosophy.
maˈjority (məˈdʒo-) plural maˈjorities noun
1. the greater number. the majority of people.
2. the difference between a greater and a smaller number. The Democratic Party won by/with a majority of six hundred votes.
ˌmajor-ˈgeneral noun
(often abbreviated to Maj.-Gen. when written) in the British army, (a person of) the rank next below lieutenant-general.
the age of majority
legal adulthood (in Britain, eighteen years of age). He has not yet reached the age of majority.
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Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority. However anxiously we may wish that these complaints had no foundation, the evidence, of known facts will not permit us to deny that they are in some degree true.
But the first difficulty that arises from the distinctions which we have laid down is this, should it happen that the majority of the inhabitants who possess the power of the state (for this is a democracy) should be rich, the question is, how does this agree with what we have said?
After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest.
If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written Constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution--certainly would if such a right were a vital one.
It is easy to see that this problem alone, as often as it should occur, would open a wide field for the exercise of factious views, of partiality, and of oppression, in the majority that happened to prevail in the national council.
He gave money for the erection of temples and supplemented as far as he could the collection of alms, in regard to which the majority of members were stingy and irregular.
Stepan Arkadyevitch took in and read a liberal paper, not an extreme one, but one advocating the views held by the majority. And in spite of the fact that science, art, and politics had no special interest for him, he firmly held those views on all these subjects which were held by the majority and by his paper, and he only changed them when the majority changed them--or, more strictly speaking, he did not change them, but they imperceptibly changed of themselves within him.
Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.
After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest.
If my memory serves me the disasters which overtook the Majority of this honourable body always befell when it was the Minority's deal.
But he secured silence by declaring that henceforth the Circles would enter on a policy of Concession; yielding to the wishes of the majority, they would accept the Colour Bill.
We bade good-bye to "our friends the Bermudians," as our programme hath it--the majority of those we were most intimate with were negroes--and courted the great deep again.