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majority (n.)

1550s, "state or condition of being greater, superiority"(a sense now obsolete), from French majorité (16c.), from Medieval Latin majoritatem (nominative majoritas) "majority," from Latin maior "greater" (see major (adj.)).

Sense of "state of being of full age, age at which the law permits a young person to manage his own affairs," is attested from 1560s. The meaning "greater number or part, more than half of the whole" (of votes, etc.) is by 1690s; that of "the excess of one of two groups of enumerated votes over the other" is by 1743. The majority "the dead" recorded from 1719; hence euphemistic verbal phrase join the majority.

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Definitions of majority from WordNet

majority (n.)
the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part;
the majority of his customers prefer it
Synonyms: bulk
majority (n.)
(elections) more than half of the votes;
Synonyms: absolute majority
majority (n.)
the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs;
Synonyms: legal age
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