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
Harmon also developed a support program to help retain minority teachers.
Arora's son, Amit Arora, said his father will have an indirect minority interest in the project as part of the upcoming sale of the land.
In this quirky city, district elections might make sense, but on cultural, not minority, grounds.
Other sessions were designed to be open to black men and women from minority groups that experience racial discrimination, and one space was scheduled to be open to everyone regardless of race or gender.
But at every turn, Democrats and voting rights advocates have stymied their plans, dragging them to court and condemning the GOP actions as discriminatory against the state’s minorities.
Muslims are India’s largest religious minority, making up 14 percent of the population.
Most of the victims are from the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state.
Backers of the proposal say opponents who argue the building will be too big and that Arena won’t listen to them are really worried about minorities moving into the units.
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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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