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majority

1. (in an election) the number of votes or seats by which the strongest party or candidate beats the combined opposition or the runner-up
2. the largest party or group that votes together in a legislative or deliberative assembly
3. the time of reaching or state of having reached full legal age, when a person is held competent to manage his own affairs, exercise civil rights and duties, etc.

majority

[mə′jär·əd·ē]
(mathematics)
A logic operator having the property that if P, Q, R are statements, then the function (P, Q, R, … ) is true if more than half the statements are true, or false if half or less are true.
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This is so profound: a lie does not become truth, wrong does not become right and evil does not become good, just because it is accepted by the majority.
Patna (Bihar) [India], July 28 ( ANI ): With Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar facing a floor test to prove his majority in the state assembly on Friday, Janata Dal (United) has said that they were sure of securing absolute majority in the house.
to give the seat 1,206 increased his majority to more than 20,000 with Labour overtaking the Lib Dems into second place.
Other Labour seats with small majorities the Tories were no doubt targeting were Darlington, majority of 3,158, and Bishop Auckland, majority of 3,508.
But Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael also has a slim majority of 817 in Orkney and Shetland - and was caught up in the "Frenchgate" leak scandal.
s, Sotto said he heard two or three senators saying they wanted the LP senators led by Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon to leave the majority.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the national coalition (Watania), Qais al-Shather that we cannot predict the next government, but after the results of the parliamentary elections, pointing out that the majority of the political parties that operate in the Iraqi scene cannot achieve government of political majority.
In the compromise on the single supervisory mechanism (SSM) adopted by the 27 on 13 December (see separate article), London managed to secure a change in EBA voting arrangements for decisions on technical standards for financial regulations: these will be adopted by a simple majority of states participating in the SSM and of those not participating, including the United Kingdom.
Summary: Debate in Iraq over the formation of a majority government re-emerged at the end of October, revealing a divide over whether to continue with the current national unity government that includes all major political factions.
In Wales, only two of the 22 local authorities saw a Labour administration elected with an overall majority.
Senate President Therese Murray, to Senate Majority Whip.
Eight wards in Chicago had a shift in racial majority, according to a Chicago Reporter analysis of census data from 2005 to 2009.