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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
Thurmond stood outside the committee room hoping to prevent a quorum by sending away late arrivals.
Some experts in Congressional procedure have suggested a plurality of Democrats could shut down the chamber by denying a quorum—being short enough members to gavel into session.
The agency has been effectively dormant since July 2015, lacking a board quorum needed to approve transactions above $10 million.
Only 10 of the 18 original members remain, putting the academy two people short of the 12-member quorum required to vote in new members.
Marvin's release said officials need more time to adopt a budget, but council members canceled a meeting on June 12 and a June 28 work session because of a lack of quorums.
That led to a group of GOP lawmakers blocking confirmation of anyone who participated in the commissioner’s ouster, leaving the board two members short of a quorum.
Funkhouser said in general the Park Board cancellations are due to a lack of a quorum for meetings.
Lessons followed, both locally and in Chicago, and now the family provides a quorum for one of the state’s premiere tennis programs.
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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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