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
The bank has been hobbled in recent years without enough board members to produce a quorum, blocking it from approving transactions exceeding $10 million.
Gone, for the most part, are bipartisan quorums that used to pass large and complex laws with simple majorities.
While the commission operated with a quorum of three members throughout 2016, Mr. Clayton is likely to push for a full complement of commissioners to be confirmed while his party controls both houses of Congress.
At his midtown Manhattan law firm, Friedman opens his offices to those in mourning who need a minyan — a quorum of 10 men in Orthodox Judaism — to say the Mourner’s Kaddish, a prayer that observant Jews say daily for one year after a parent’s death.
Or maybe the Republican Senators are just waiting for President Trump, or Cruz, or the Congress that this strange election year or the next might bring in, or for more vacancies until the Court falls below its quorum of six, and nothing is decided.
That effectively rendered the NLRB paralyzed for lack of a quorum, which was sort of the point all along.
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Did You Know?
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: 1602
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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