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Majority


MAJOR'ITY, noun

1. The greater number; more than half; as a majority of mankind; a majority of votes in Congress. A measure may be carried by a large or small majority

2. Full age; the age at which the laws of a country permit a young person to manage his own affairs. Henry III. had no sooner come to his majority than the barons raised war against him.

3. The office, rank or commission of a major.

4. The state of being greater.

It is not a plurality of parts, without majority of parts. [Little Used.]

5. [Latin majores.] Ancestors; ancestry. [Not used.]

6. Chief rank. [Not used.]