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Absolute majority

Definition of the noun absolute majority

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  1. (elections) more than half of the votes

Alternative definition of the noun absolute majority


  1. A number of votes totalling over 50 per cent, such as the total number of votes or seats obtained by a party that beats the combined opposition.


Absolute majority a.k.a. Supermajority: A supermajority or a qualified majority is a requirement for a proposal to gain a specified greater level of support than a 50% simple majority. In some jurisdictions, for example, parliamentary procedure requires that any action that may alter the rights of a minority has a supermajority requirement. Changes to constitutions, especially those with entrenched clauses, commonly require supermajority support in a legislature. A supermajority is absolute if the required percentage or fraction is based on the entire membership rather than on those present and voting.

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Google previewDictionary of Politics (1992)

Selected American and Foreign Political and Legal Terms by Walter John Raymond

Absolute Majority. A number of votes cast in an election representing more than half of the registered voters. See SIMPLE MAJORITY, TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY. Absolute Monarchy. See MONARCHY. Absolutism. A strict governmental ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Documentary Film 3-Volume Set (2013)

by Ian Aitken

Maioria Absoluta/Absolute Majority, directedby Leon Hirszman, is the first documentary to fully explore the potential ofthe new Nagra sound recorder, which was operated bythe young Arnaldo Jabor. The theme ofMaioria Absoluta/ Absolute ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

absolute majority n. a majority over all rivals considered as a group; more than half. absolute pitch n. = perfect pitch. absolute temperature n. a temperature measured from absolute zero in kelvins.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Kosova (2004)

by Robert Elsie

million eligible voters, and only 20 percent of eligible Serb voters, taking part, the results give the LDK the absolute majority in eleven of the thirty municipalities and a relative majority in eight municipalities. The Democratic Party receives ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Kosovo (2010)

by Robert Elsie

The results give the LDK the absolute majority in 11 of the 30 municipalities and a relative majority in eight municipalities. The Democratic Party receives an absolute majority in four municipalities. The Serb parties win five municipalities.

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Democracy (2013)

by The Staff of Congressional Quarterly

Majoritarian Systems To overcome the limitations of the plurality system, many countries have adopted systems in which a candidate is required to receive an absolute majority for election. There are two majoritarian formulas in common use: ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Policy Studies, Second Edition, (1994)

by Stuart Nagel

Majority systems attempt to prevent this by requiring a candidate to achieve an absolute majority (50% + 1) of the votes to be elected. The simplest majority system, analogous to SMP, is single-member majority (SMM), which is used for ...

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The citizen parties, by an absolute majority, elected a National Socialist Government. (Fritz Sauckel)
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