Idioms about majority
synonym study for majority
OTHER WORDS FROM majoritynon·ma·jor·i·ty, noun, plural non·ma·jor·i·ties.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH majoritymajority , plurality (see synonym study at the current entry)
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MAJORITY VS. PLURALITY
What’s the difference between a majority and a plurality?
Generally speaking, the word majority refers to an amount that’s larger than half of a total, while the word plurality refers to an amount that’s the largest of all the amounts that make up a total (even if it’s less than half).
In casual use, the two words are sometimes used interchangeably to mean more than half of a total.
They are also sometimes used interchangeably in an election with only two candidates (though majority is much more commonly used in the context). That’s because, in an election with only two ways to vote, getting more votes necessarily means getting more than half of the votes. For example, in such an election, a candidate can be said to have won by a two-thirds majority or a two-thirds plurality (meaning they have received two-thirds of all the votes cast, with the losing candidate receiving one-third).
The terms are used in differing ways in elections with three or more candidates. In such an election, the word plurality often refers to the highest number of votes received when no candidate has received more than 50% of the vote.
In this context, to win a plurality of votes, you just have to get the largest percentage of all vote-getters, which may not be as high as 50%. For example, a candidate in a three-way race may win the plurality by getting 40% of votes, with the runner-up getting 35% of votes and the last-place finisher getting 25% of votes. To win a majority of votes, a candidate would have to get more than 50%.
Sometimes, plurality refers to how many more votes the winner has than the runner-up, and majority refers to the number of votes by which a candidate has exceeded the amount that would be 50%.
If three candidates were to receive 600, 300, and 100 votes, the winner would have a 100-vote majority (due to having 100 votes more than 500, which is half of the total of 1,000 votes cast) and a plurality of 300 votes over the nearest opponent.
Some types of elections require a candidate to receive the majority of the votes to win the election, while others just require a plurality.
Here’s an example of majority and plurality used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: Although no candidate received the majority of the vote, Ms. Molineaux got the plurality with 40%.
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How to use majority in a sentence
The majority of CU Boulder cases come from off-campus students.Even the most cautious schools are seeing outbreaks|Sy Mukherjee|September 17, 2020|Fortune
Busting the filibuster and using a newly unleashed majority to uncork several major changes to the structure of American politics would be a shocking turn of events.
Since mid-June, a majority of the new coronavirus deaths each day have occurred in red states.Trump blames blue states for the coronavirus death toll — but most recent deaths have been in red states|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Polls conducted in the past two months show a majority of Americans worry development of the vaccine is being rushed and a third wouldn’t get inoculated.‘There’s been some cracks:’ Bill Gates questions FDA’s credibility on a COVID-19 vaccine|Claire Zillman, reporter|September 16, 2020|Fortune
The truth is that the majority of gang members never commit a gang-related crime in their life.While We’re Rethinking Policing, It’s Time to End Gang Injunctions|Jamie Wilson|September 15, 2020|Voice of San Diego
I think a large majority of our fans are [other] nationalities.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
House rules require an absolute majority of members voting to choose a speaker.
Again, I do not know House Majority Whip Scalise or President Obama personally.
This is a state, after all, where Duke, in his statewide race for governor in 1991, received a majority of the white vote.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Though this too is debatable given that 25,000 to 40,000 people a year die of influenza—the vast majority of them unvaccinated.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers|Kent Sepkowitz|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Ever since his majority Lord Hetton had annually entered a colt in the great race.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Such is the opinion of this Correspondent to the Times, and it is doubtless the opinion of a fair and just majority.
While the majority pulled in one way there was an active minority that wished the Nana to set up an independent kingdom.
At any rate, whatsoever that curious reservation meant, the majority of the staff were opposed to surrender.
The majority pick up a job when they can, but are inevitably idle and suffering two-thirds of the time.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley