majority rule


Definition of 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 The players agreed to put it to a vote — majority rule. Christian Clark | Staff Writer,, "Long before Bucks' strike, NBA players dragged league out of 'stone ages' by threatening to sit," 19 Sep. 2020 But the filibuster is an even more egregious insult to the principle of majority rule. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "It Really Is Time to Get Rid of the Filibuster," 6 Aug. 2020 Most Americans cherish democracy and majority rule. The Economist, "America’s anachronistic electoral college gives Republicans an edge," 12 June 2020 Separately, in another blow to Wisconsin Democrats, the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative-leaning majority ruled against their attempt to extend the deadline for absentee voting in Tuesday’s elections. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Wisconsin Is Set to Vote on Tuesday After Court Overrules Governor’s Postponement," 6 Apr. 2020 But Sanders proposed an alternative: having the Vice President, who is constitutionally the president of the Senate, approve the passage of major bills by reconciliation’s simple majority rule. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Right Way to Push Biden to the Left," 21 Apr. 2020 This may seem like an unavoidable consequence of democracy: When the majority rules, coalitions are forced to come together to represent half of the voting population. Chris Wilson, Time, "This Democratic Primary Rule Made Elizabeth Warren's Revival All But Impossible," 6 Mar. 2020 McKeown and Callahan disagreed, as long as the pay discrepancy was not the sole factor, and said the majority ruling could actually hurt women in pay negotiations. Bob Egelko,, "Past salaries can’t be used to pay women less than men, court rules again," 27 Feb. 2020 Last year, the court’s conservative majority ruled that federal courts had no power to intervene in these cases, ending a decade of litigation that kept partisan gerrymandering in check. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "John Roberts: Bemused Spectator of American Democracy," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of majority rule

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Majority rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of majority rule

: a political system in which the group that has the most members has the power to make decisions

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