majority rule


: a political principle providing that a majority usually constituted by fifty percent plus one of an organized group will have the power to make decisions binding upon the whole

Examples of majority rule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until World War II, many of these parties were also skeptical about liberal democracy since elections and majority rule might produce policies that would weaken the role of the church and religion in society. Sheri Berman, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 Members of these institutions vote on standards by majority rule. Aziz Huq, Foreign Affairs, 11 Mar. 2024 The trial in Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ), the country’s top court for non-constitutional matters, had a majority rule that Italy’s decision was valid in Brazil. Reuters, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 As in Hungary, countries relied on courts, based on the new constitutions, to enforce rights and check majority rule. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2023 Opponents say the overhaul removes a key check on majority rule and will concentrate power in the hands of Netanyahu and his far-right allies, eroding the country's democratic institutions., 12 Sep. 2023 House Republicans began their new majority rule by failing to elect a speaker. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2023 Saving Desert Tortoises from Extinction To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video The vote-no advocates also exploited a sense that leading Republicans were trying to eliminate majority rule. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2023 The issue posed by the Israeli right’s latest move, then, is not a legal or structural one but a political one: This is about the illiberal right’s attempt to co-opt power and squash majority rule. Jess Coleman, The New Republic, 28 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of majority rule was in 1848

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“Majority rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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