Definition of quorum
1 : a select group
2 : the number (such as a majority) of officers or members of a body that when duly assembled is legally competent to transact business
3 : a Mormon body comprising those in the same grade of priesthood
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Examples of quorum in a Sentence
We need five people to make a quorum.
Recent Examples of quorum from the Web
Only one commissioner currently serves on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, leaving it without a quorum and unable to make decisions on interstate pipelines and other projects worth billions of dollars.
Fifty-three Democrats, sensing a lethal threat to their party, fled to Oklahoma, denying Craddick a quorum.
Levin recalled how Hoffmann would often help to make sure there was a minyan, a quorum of 10 men for prayer.
By denying Republicans a quorum in committee, Democrats forced them to reschedule the votes.
As such, the tribe did not have the necessary quorum.
The agency generally needs at least three members for a quorum to vote on rules and take other formal actions.
Dear N.G.: The long term solution is to revise the association bylaws to reduce quorum for the purpose of board elections.
Board members George Munchus and William Muhammad called a special meeting on Monday to consider delaying shutting off delinquent customers until July 1, but there were not enough members present for a quorum.
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quorum Has a Legal History
In Latin, quorum means "of whom" and is itself the genitive plural of qui, meaning "who." At one time, Latin quorum was used in the wording of the commissions issued to justices of the peace in England. In English, quorum initially referred to the number of justices of the peace who had to be present to constitute a legally sufficient bench. That sense is now rare, but it's not surprising that quorum has come to mean both "a select group" and "the minimum people required in order to conduct business."
Origin and Etymology of quorum
Middle English, quorum of justices of the peace, from Latin, of whom, genitive plural of qui who; from the wording of the commission formerly issued to justices of the peace
First Known Use: 1602See Words from the same year
Financial Definition of QUORUM
What It Is
A quorum is the minimum number of directors required to conduct a board meeting. Usually is a quorum is a majority.
How It Works
Let's assume Company XYZ has 10 board members. Its bylaws state that at least six board members must attend each board meeting for the board to conduct business.
A vacancy on the board does not change the number of directors needed for quorum.
Why It Matters
In order to conduct business, a board must have a quorum. This ensures the shareholders' interests are adequately represented.
QUORUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quorum for English Language Learners
: the smallest number of people who must be present at a meeting in order for decisions to be made
QUORUM Defined for Kids
Definition of quorum for Students
: the smallest number of people who must be present at a meeting in order for business to be carried on
Legal Definition of quorum
: the number (as a majority) of members or officers that must be present to conduct business lacked a quorum at the meeting of shareholders
Origin and Etymology of quorum
Middle English, a select number of English justices of the peace formerly required to be present at sessions to constitute a lawful bench, from Latin, of whom, genitive plural of qui who; from the wording of the commission once issued to justices of the peace in England
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