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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
Forty-three lawmakers called for the session on Friday, but a quorum was not obtained since opposition parties refused to take part in consecutive meetings.
As of November, the Export-Import Bank had $37.5 billion in pending transactions that can’t move forward because the board lacks a quorum.
No quorum was set in Lombardy, where turnout was lower, above 30% of the 8 million voters.
The Florida Supreme Court has seven members and requires a quorum of five sitting justices to decide cases.
Though the need for a full FERC quorum has been met, filling these last two seats is important for the commission to do the approvals for energy infrastructure that Trump so values more quickly.
That’s a big problem because the board can’t carry out many of its core functions without a quorum of at least three members.
While the Ex-Im Bank’s board has been hobbled without a quorum, countries like China and Germany are devoting hundreds of billions of dollars to their official export credit agencies and inflicting long-lasting harm on the U.S. manufacturing base.
The committee had planned a hearing for Oct. 25; however, according to South Milwaukee City Clerk Jim Shelenske, the meeting was adjourned due to lack of a quorum, and no action was taken.
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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
First Known Use: 1602See Words from the same year
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.
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