Definition of Relative majority

1. Noun. (in an election with more than 2 options) the number of votes for the candidate or party receiving the greatest number (but less that half of the votes).

Exact synonyms: Plurality
Category relationships: Election
Generic synonyms: Relative Quantity



Lexicographical Neighbors of Relative Majority

relative clauses
relative complement
relative dating
relative dehydration
relative densities
relative density
relative frequency
relative future tense
relative humidity
relative immunity
relative incidence
relative incompetence
relative key
relative keys
relative leukocytosis
relative majority (current term)
relative polycythemia
relative price
relative pronoun
relative pronouns
relative quantity
relative refractory period
relative risk
relative scotoma
relative sensitivity
relative specificity
relative superlative
relative superlatives
relative topology

Literary usage of Relative majority

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... account is taken of the branches of the family and of the persons in each branch, in which case a relative majority is sufficient. ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"... account is taken of the branches of the family and of the persons in each branch, in which case a relative majority is sufficient. ..."

3. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History and Politics of the Year (1851)
"By the terms of Arts. 63 and 64 of the law which now governs us, the relative majority of the votes must not be less, in order to be valid, than one-eighth ..."

4. The Proceedings of the Hague Peace Conferences: Translation of the Original by James Brown Scott (1921)
"For his part, his Excellency Baron MARSCHALL VON BIEBERSTEIN is inclined to think that a relative majority in favor of an article is sufficient for it to be ..."

5. Cyclopaedia of Political Science, Political Economy, and of the Political by John Joseph Lalor (1883)
"Deciding by a relative majority is so opposed to principle that it may be used, at most, only in the case of indifferent questions, for the sake of ..."

6. Proportional Representation Review by American Proportional Representation League, Proportional Representation League (1896)
"This "premium to the relative majority" may cause very unfair results. In the election of seven deputies for the Department of the Somme, for example, ..."

7. The Constitutional and Political History of the United States by Hermann Von Holst, John Joseph Lalor, Ira Hutchinson Brainerd (1885)
"In eight states, Fremont had received an absolute, and in three others,ia relative majority. Buchanan had, indeed, received the electoral vote of five free ..."

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