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
If a majority of a quorum vote to overturn it, the rule change may not be reinstated by the board for one year.
Seven of the committee's 15 members were absent for the vote and much of the debate, leaving the committee with barely a quorum.
This means that the married couple on council technically forms a quorum when together.
If her term ends, the agency that regulates nuclear power would be paralyzed without a quorum.
But there was no official vote for lack of a quorum, despite every seat at the Miami Springs AFL-CIO union hall being filled.
So many members of the board of trustees resigned that the board no longer has the quorum required to hire a new boss.
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.
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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: 1602See Words from the same year
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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