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relative majority

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit the excess of votes or seats won by the winner of an election over the runner-up when no candidate or party has more than 50 per cent. Compare absolute majority
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Noun1.relative majority - (in an election with more than 2 options) the number of votes for the candidate or party receiving the greatest number (but less that 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
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Eleven Vice-Presidents were elected in the first ballot, two in the second and the remaining one by a relative majority in the third.
Regardless of what party wins the relative majority in the upcoming election, little is likely to change in the dynamic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A relative majority of 43 percent said they felt that further empowering local government units or shifting to a federal political system would be advantageous or very advantageous, 40 percent thought the reforms were more likely to be disadvantageous or very disadvantageous.
If the election does not reach the absolute majority in the first round, the relative majority will be sufficient in the second round.
According to the US census, children are the relative majority of the recipient of means-tested benefits (pdf, p.6).
Support among young Slovaks for remaining in NATO increased by 21 percent with an extra 16 percent perceiving NATO membership as a good thing.A relative majority of Slovaks (40 percent) think that NATO and the US-led coalition support terrorists in Syria.
Where an absolute majority is not possible, the House Speaker is elected by relative majority or a plurality of votes.
A majority community may be conceded a relative majority of representation but it can never claim an absolute majority".
- a declaration from Shareholders, with the exception of those that alone or jointly represent a controlling or relative majority interest, stating whether they are affiliated with the latter to a material degree, as defined in Article 144-quinquies of the Issuers' Regulation, also taking account of the cases set forth in Consob Communication no.
Chairman of Majlis AShura requested willing members to nominate themselves for the membership of the office, pursuant to Article 48 of Majlis AShuras regulations, which states that the office comprises of chairman, his two deputies, six members elected with relative majority by Majlis AShura for half a term in the first session after the opening of the session ".

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