majority

Majority means “most of,” or the biggest part. Does the majority of what owls eat — mice, rats, squirrels, moles — sound appetizing to you? If not, you’re probably in the majority of people.

In an election, victory usually goes to whoever wins the majority of votes, or more than half of them. The opposite of majority is minority. A majority of the more than one billion Roman Catholics in the world live in Latin America; a small minority of all Roman Catholics live in Asia.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: majority

1
n
the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part
2
n
the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: majority
1

n 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”
Synonyms:
bulk
Antonyms:
minority
being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts
Type of:
figure, number
the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals

n (elections) more than half of the votes

Synonyms:
absolute majority
Type of:
relative quantity
a quantity relative to some purpose
2

n the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs

Synonyms:
legal age
Antonyms:
minority, nonage
any age prior to the legal age
Type of:
age, eld
a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises
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