majority rule

noun

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 Although never experiencing anything like the brutality of Southern politics, after the contentious presidential election of 1876 many Northern elites began to denounce majority rule in politics. Jon Grinspan, CNN, 11 June 2021 Will this country experience a Third Reconstruction, one that brings us even closer to the promise of multiracial democracy and majority rule? Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 May 2021 His efforts to rally his countrymen around a demand for black majority rule twice led Rhodesia’s white rulers to throw him in prison. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, 17 June 2021 For starters, democracy is not solely about majority rule. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 14 June 2021 Then there's Paul's attempt to use Jim Crow laws as evidence of the dangers of majority rule. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 14 June 2021 Sure, but in a democracy, there's also something called majority rule. George Skelton, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Sure, but in a democracy, there’s also something called majority rule. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Can Democrats, equipped with the White House and a razor-thin majority in Congress, act decisively to protect majority rule in this country? Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of majority rule

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Majority rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/majority%20rule. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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majority rule

noun

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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