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 (so͞o′pər-mə-jôr′ĭ-tē, -jŏr′-)
n. pl. su·per·ma·jor·i·ties
A specified majority of votes, such as 60 percent, required to approve a motion or pass legislation.
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n, pl -ties
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a specified majority of votes (that exceeds the simple majority) needed to approve a motion
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(ˈsu pər məˌdʒɔr ɪ ti, -ˌdʒɒr-)

n., pl. -ties.
a majority greater than a specified number, as 60%, of the total: required to pass certain types of legislation, override vetoes, etc.
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Despite the Democratic supermajorities across our state, I encourage Speaker Michael Madigan, every member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois Senate, and yes, even Gov.
'The order of the day is inordinate fast-tracking with the hegemony of supermajorities assured,' Lagman said.
They also invoke a very loose version of Rawls's veil of ignorance, speculating that supermajorities today will not target vulnerable minorities because they cannot know whether they themselves will be the vulnerable minority tomorrow.
Now the Republicans--true heirs to the Anti-Federalists--are trying to entrench the kind of arbitrary fiscal limitations and requirements for congressional supermajorities that the Founders rejected.
Further, voters are willing to support initiatives that prevent their legislatures from passing tax increases unless largely unattainable supermajorities are achieved.
The Pew study cites requirements for supermajorities for the passage of legislation, the failure to diversify a state's economy, and something they call the Government Performance Project Money Grade, a measure of the degree to which a state takes "a long-term perspective on fiscal matters," including transparency in budgets, balance between revenues and expenditures, and the effectiveness of financial controls.
Many shareholder activists are pushing for supermajorities of independent outside directors with the ultimate goal of having the CEO be the only insider.
In such instances, decisions are variously made by unanimity and supermajorities; officials are chosen by election, sortition (i.e., by lot), and cooptation (i.e., new officials are chosen by existing ones); and disputes are settled by arbitration and judicial review.
In our imperfect world such spending programs would generally obtain supermajorities of legislators, consisting both of the majority sustained by regular voters and the pocket boroughs of special interests.
Under unified government, supermajorities should increase the number of important laws passed.
Congressional rules can directly, or indirectly, require that supermajorities support enactment of particular laws.(22) Less stringent rules can require separate majority votes on particular provisions in a bill to disaggregate parts of a logrolled deal.(23) Where along the spectrum one locates the amount of procedural protection in a particular case depends, among other things, on the interests at stake, the flexibility required, and the closeness of the fit between the kinds of bills affected and the relevant values.