minor party

noun

Definition of minor party

: a political party whose electoral strength is so small as to prevent its gaining control of a government except in rare and exceptional circumstances

Examples of minor party in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the tea party wave, Haran became frustrated with the new activists’ anti-government tilt and turned to the Constitution Party, a minor party that’s to the right of the GOP. Isaac Arnsdorf, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2021 During the tea party wave, Haran became frustrated with the new activists’ anti-government tilt and turned to the Constitution Party, a minor party that’s to the right of the GOP. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, 21 Oct. 2021 The deadline for independent and/or minor party candidates to qualify is November 16 at 5 p.m. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 30 Aug. 2021 Following changes in the Town Charter that reduced the term lengths from four to two years, the Secretary of State considered those positions as new, erasing minor party incumbencies. courant.com, 19 Aug. 2021 This required minor party candidates to petition again for ballot placement. courant.com, 19 Aug. 2021 The wild card in this race is whether there will be a strong third candidate running either from a minor party or as an independent. BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2021 Barnaby Joyce, who served as deputy prime minister from 2016 to 2018 before resigning after an extramarital affair scandal, was seated after a leadership revolt in the coalition government’s minor party. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 There is just one Democrat and one Republican on the ballot (along with some minor party candidates), and Democrats have spent a good amount of money on the race. Harry Enten, CNN, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of minor party

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Minor party.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minor%20party. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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