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 Should the Senate move even farther toward being a legislative body characterized by majority rule rather than minority obstruction? Daniel Wirls, The Conversation, "The Senate filibuster explained – and why it should be allowed to die," 13 Sep. 2019 This entails Nigerians seeking to be treated uniquely because of their contribution to the struggle for majority rule in South Africa. Gilbert M Khadiagala, Quartz Africa, "Nigerians aren’t targeted more than other Africans in South Africa’s xenophobic attacks but the damage is done," 12 Sep. 2019 And the people are encouraged to use majority rule to take property away from those who have too damn much. John Kass,, "Column: On the Fourth of July, gathering to celebrate the Declaration of Dependence," 2 July 2019 Those rights, not a procedure (majority rule), was their foundational concern. George Will, National Review, "To Construe the Constitution, Look to the Declaration," 4 July 2019 Beginning in 2007, ordinary computer users helped astronomers by logging their best guesses as to which galaxy belonged in which category, with majority rule typically leading to correct classifications. Wired, "AI Algorithms Are Now Shockingly Good at Doing Science," 17 Mar. 2019 Commitment to democracy and majority rule are viewed by 32% as a fairly or extremely accurate fundamental idea to associate with the nation, down from 53% in 1998. John Mccormick, WSJ, "Americans Aren’t Sure U.S. System Can Fix Long-Term Problems, Poll Finds," 21 June 2019 In another 5-4 decision, the majority ruled that rigging elections by drawing the lines to maximum partisan advantage was lawmakers’ prerogative., "With gerrymandering ruling, the Supreme Court could have saved democracy. It didn’t," 10 July 2019 Those rights, not a procedure (majority rule), were their foundational concern. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: To construe the Constitution, look to the Declaration," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of majority rule

1848, in the meaning defined above

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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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