quorum

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noun quo·rum \ˈkwȯr-əm\

Definition of quorum

  1. 1 :  a select group

  2. 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. 3 :  a Mormon body comprising those in the same grade of priesthood

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Examples of quorum in a sentence

  1. We need five people to make a quorum.

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

quorum

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noun quo·rum \ˈkwȯr-əm\

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

quorum

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noun quo·rum \ˈkwȯr-əm\

Definition of quorum for Students

  1. :  the smallest number of people who must be present at a meeting in order for business to be carried on


Law Dictionary

quorum

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noun quo·rum \ˈkwōr-əm\

Legal Definition of quorum

  1. :  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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