quorum

noun quo·rum \ ˈkwȯr-əm \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

  1. We need five people to make a quorum.

Recent Examples of quorum from the Web

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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

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


Financial Definition of QUORUM

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

quorum

noun

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

noun quo·rum \ ˈkwȯr-əm \

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

Law Dictionary

quorum

noun quo·rum \ ˈkwōr-əm \

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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