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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.
References in classic literature ?
I do not hesitate to say, that those who call themselves Abolitionists should at once effectually withdraw their support, both in person and property, from the government of Massachusetts, and not wait till they constitute a majority of one, before they suffer the right to prevail through them.
If a minority in such case will secede rather than acquiesce, they make a precedent which in turn will divide and ruin them; for a minority of their own will secede from them whenever a majority refuses to be controlled by such minority.
By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.
Gradually introducing the mention of the dangers to the Tradesmen, the Professional Classes and the Gentlemen, he silenced the rising murmurs of the Isosceles by reminding them that, in spite of all these defects, he was willing to accept the Bill if it was approved by the majority.
Taste and fancy are not the highest gifts of the human mind, but such as they are you possess them--not probably in a paramount degree, but in a degree beyond what the majority can boast.
Suddenly, when least expected, Monk drove the military party out of London, and installed himself in the city amidst the citizens, by order of the parliament; then, at the moment when the citizens were crying out against Monk -- at the moment when the soldiers themselves were accusing their leader -- Monk, finding himself certain of a majority, declared to the Rump Parliament that it must abdicate -- be dissolved -- and yield its place to a government which would not be a joke.
The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President.
His experience was only the experience of the majority of that industrious night school in the cabin.
The majority of the Brothers, seeing in it dangerous designs of Illuminism,* met it with a coldness that surprised Pierre.
A dozen of them fell to the arrows of the defenders; but the majority reached the door.
That is for the majority to decide," replied Monsieur Thuran.
If my memory serves me the disasters which overtook the Majority of this honourable body always befell when it was the Minority's deal.