Definition of minority
2 : the smaller in number of two groups constituting a whole; specifically : a group having less than the number of votes necessary for control The proposition was opposed by a minority of voters.
3a : a part of a population differing from others in some characteristics and often subjected to differential treatment the country's ethnic minoritiesb : a member of a minority group an effort to hire more minorities
Examples of minority in a Sentence
The proposal is opposed by a minority of voters.
The Republicans are now the minority in the Senate.
The group is becoming an influential minority in the community.
Recent Examples of minority from the Web
Critics see the commission as part of a conservative campaign to strip minority voters and poor people from the voter rolls, and to justify unfounded claims made by a president who was angry about losing the popular vote.
Even worse, the property owners compelled to pay for these political donations will tend to be among the crowd with minority viewpoints.
Hizbut Tahrir, along with groups such as the violent Islamic Defenders Front, was behind months of massive protests in Jakarta, the capital, against the city’s minority Christian governor, an ally of Jokowi who was accused of blaspheming Islam.
While many young Kazakhs would rather watch soccer than kokpar, the state is committed to promoting all things Kazakh after years of Soviet control that saw ethnic Kazakhs become a minority in their own country.
Like Kizilhan’s patients, most were religious minorities kidnapped and forced into training camps.
The goal in this new inquisition, as in Scott’s purge, is not to preserve the sanctity of American elections but to instigate fear and keep black and Hispanic voters and other minorities who tend to vote Democratic away from the voting booth.
American Airlines Group Inc. agreed to buy a 2.68 percent stake in China Southern earlier this year and Delta Air Lines Inc. acquired a minority stake in China Eastern Airlines Corp. in 2015. ‘
All of these obstacles disconnect young men in minority neighborhoods from the mainstream economy, Loyd said, and many join often-violent street businesses for lack of other opportunities.
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First Known Use of minority
MINORITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of minority for English Language Learners
: a number or amount that is less than half of a total
: the group that is the smaller part of a larger group
: a group of people who are different from the larger group in a country, area, etc., in some way (such as race or religion)
MINORITY Defined for Kids
Definition of minority for Students
1 : the state of not being old enough to have the full rights of an adult
2 : a number less than half of a total The proposal is opposed by a minority of voters.
3 : a group that makes up a smaller part of a larger group The animals affected are a minority.
4 : a part of a population that is in some ways (as in race or religion) different from others
Legal Definition of minority
1a : the period before attainment of majority b : the state of being a minor
2 : the smaller of two groups constituting a whole: as a : a group (as in a legislative body) having less than the number of votes necessary for control b : a group of judges among those hearing an appeal who disagree with the majority's judgment : dissent 3 c : a group of jurisdictions taking a less widespread approach to or view of a legal question, issue, or problem
3a : a part of a population differing especially from the dominant group in some characteristics (as race, sex, or national origin) and often subject to differential treatment b : a member of a minority an effort to hire more minorities
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