Simple Definition of quorum
: the smallest number of people who must be present at a meeting in order for decisions to be made
Full Definition of quorum
1 : a select group
2 : the number (as a majority) of officers or members of a body that when duly assembled is legally competent to transact business
3 : a Mormon body comprising those in the same grade of priesthood
Examples of quorum in a sentence
We need five people to make a quorum.
Did You Know?
In Latin, quorum means "of whom," which is itself the genitive plural of qui, meaning "who." At one time, Latin quorum was used in the wording of the commission issued to justices of the peace in England. In English, "quorum" initially referred to the number of justices of the peace who had to be present to constitute a legally sufficient bench. That sense is now rare, but it's not surprising that "quorum" has come to mean both "a select group" and "the minimum people required in order to conduct business."
Origin of quorum
Middle English, quorum of justices of the peace, from Latin, of whom, genitive plural of qui who; from the wording of the commission formerly issued to justices of the peace
First Known Use: 1602
QUORUM Defined for Kids
Definition of quorum for Students
: the smallest number of people who must be present at a meeting in order for business to be carried on
Legal Definition of quorum
: the number (as a majority) of members or officers that must be present to conduct business <lacked a quorum at the meeting of shareholders>
Origin of quorum
Middle English, a select number of English justices of the peace formerly required to be present at sessions to constitute a lawful bench, from Latin, of whom, genitive plural of qui who; from the wording of the commission once issued to justices of the peace in England
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