su·​per·​ma·​jor·​i·​ty | \ ˈsü-pər-mə-ˌjȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce supermajority (audio) , -ˌjär- \
plural supermajorities

Definition of supermajority

: a majority (such as two-thirds or three-fifths) that is greater than a simple majority treaty ratification requires a supermajority Furthermore, it is about even money that soon after Congress convenes in January it will … approve a constitutional amendment to require supermajorities (three-fifths) in both houses of Congress to approve deficit spending.— George F. Will The company, for instance, has a supermajority clause in its articles of incorporation; 80% of the shareholders must approve any sale or merger.— Joshua Hyatt

Examples of supermajority in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the other hand, Republicans have a supermajority in the Ohio General Assembly, and many of the lawmakers are ultraconservatives. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 The latest example comes from Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has just won a two-thirds supermajority in Parliament. John Fund, National Review, 5 Apr. 2022 Republicans have a supermajority in both chambers this year. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, their mother, Caroline Collingwood (Harriet Walter), has taken a break from her wedding festivities to redirect her shares to Logan, giving him a supermajority. Hunter Harris, Vulture, 13 Dec. 2021 His party gained 97 seats in the House, giving the Democrats a supermajority, and 11 in the Senate, handing them control of the upper chamber of Congress for the first time since 1918. Damon Linker, The Week, 1 Oct. 2021 America's highest court, for decades resting on a 5-4 conservative-liberal axis, with swing-vote justices often providing moderation, suddenly became controlled by a 6-3 conservative supermajority. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 When Barack Obama swept the 2008 elections, his long coattails helped flip eight Republican Senate seats to the Democrats, giving the Obama-Biden presidency the Senate’s most progressive supermajority since FDR. Mike Solon, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2020 The Alabama Legislature is ruled by a GOP supermajority. John Sharp |, al, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of supermajority

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Supermajority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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su·​per·​ma·​jor·​i·​ty | \ ˈsü-pər-mə-ˌjȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce supermajority (audio) \

Legal Definition of supermajority

: a large majority a provision requiring a supermajority vote — say, 80 % of the common shares instead of the usual bare majority rule— R. C. Clark


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