majority rule

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Republicans will need to win Nevada and Georgia to take majority rule from their Democratic colleagues. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 12 Nov. 2022 In Tuesday's voting, county residents continued that trend, adding two more commissioner seats to the existing slender Democratic majority rule on the county board. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 9 Nov. 2022 Mike McCarter knows the concept of majority rule can certainly be messy. CBS News, 16 Oct. 2022 The originalist reading means that the enumerated rights of the Amendments, including the Second Amendment, are not up for majority rule. Morgan Marietta, The Conversation, 23 June 2022 Elites always want to contract the electorate because there is a fear of majority rule. How To Save A Country, The New Republic, 6 Oct. 2022 When Zimbabwe achieved independence and majority rule in 1980, the new government vigorously expanded the country's education system so that all Black children could attend primary and secondary school. Farai Mutsaka, ajc, 17 July 2022 The Supreme Court is poised to cut the heart out of majority rule. Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2022 In fact, the days are numbered as to when the Senate will be simply run by a majority rule of 50 votes like every other democratic institution in America. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of majority rule was in 1848

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“Majority rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/majority%20rule. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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