Minority Mi*nor"i*ty, n.; pl. {Minorities}. [Cf. F. minorit['e]. See {Minor}, a. & n.] [1913 Webster] 1. The state of being a minor, or under age. [1913 Webster]

2. State of being less or small. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

3. The smaller number; -- opposed to {majority}; as, the minority must be ruled by the majority. [1913 Webster]

4. Those members of a legislature that belong to the political party which is in the minority in that institution; as, the bill will pass even if the minority are strongly opposed. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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