minor party

noun

: 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 In addition, there are several primaries that are open to all voters, regardless of whether they’re registered as Democrats, Republicans, no party affiliation or in minor parties. Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel, 13 July 2024 Libertarian Fred Esser and two other minor party candidates combined for about 19,000 votes in that race. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 The court filing argues that Kennedy's affiliation with multiple minor parties in other states violates Nevada's ballot access laws for independent candidates. Allison Novelo, CBS News, 26 June 2024 Because Kansas law requires minor parties to nominate their candidates at conventions called by the party chair, and since Schwab determined Van Meteren doesn’t lead No Labels, the nominations were invalid. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for minor party 

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of minor party was in 1949

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“Minor party.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minor%20party. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

minor party

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