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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
Lessons followed, both locally and in Chicago, and now the family provides a quorum for one of the state’s premiere tennis programs.
In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.
Without a quorum, the commission can’t perform its usual functions, like overseeing police disciplinary hearings.
With just 10 remaining active members, the group is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the fate of this year's literature prize, even though historically, 12 members have been required for a quorum.
The problem is that without a quorum on its board, the bank cannot approve transactions worth more than $10 million.
Chelsea Boilard, a legislative aide to Fewer, said the board intends to fill those seats by June, giving the commission enough members for a quorum.
Voting in new members requires a quorum of twelve, which effectively means that the committee is unable to conduct any official business.
Hunter shot back, noting that the four commissioners, including Weintraub, voted to simply cancel the agency's meeting for lack of 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
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
Origin and Etymology of quorum
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