Definition of supermajority
: a majority (such as two-thirds or three-fifths) greater than a simple majority
Recent Examples of supermajority from the Web
But to quash such disputes for good Jerry Brown, California’s governor, needed to convince a supermajority of legislators (two-thirds) to extend cap-and-trade to 2030.
Thursday marked the end of this chapter when the House eked out the supermajority needed to override the veto, a day in Springfield that included a two-hour emergency lockdown.
Now imagine that 270 million Americans believed that and, having the necessary supermajority to pull it off, voted away our Constitution.
Normally, a supermajority of 60 votes is required to end debate in the Senate and move on to a vote; otherwise, one opponent of a measure can talk a bill to death, the process known as a filibuster.
In Kansas, the exact same strategy has incurred so much debt that a supermajority of the legislature, led by Republicans, have junked it.
That pledge was hardly unique among Republicans last year who swept to historic gains and seized a supermajority in the Kentucky House.
Democrats need one Republican vote in both the House and Senate to achieve a supermajority.
Reconciliation is an unusual tactic — generally reserved for budget and tax policy — that gets around Senate rules designed to force a supermajority on bills.
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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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