Definition of "quorum" []

  • The minimal number of officers and members of a committee or organization, usually a majority, who must be present for valid transaction of business. (noun)
  • A select group. (noun)
  • A minimum number of members in an assembly, society, board of directors, etc, required to be present before any valid business can be transacted (noun)

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Use "quorum" in a sentence
  • "Two things: An ‘old-fashioned’ filibuster requires not only the filibuterer to speak, but at least 49 filibusterees to be in the chamber listening, else the speaker suggests the absence of a quorum, and can take a break while a quorum is assembled."
  • "They've been to what they call a quorum call for some time now, trying to figure it out."
  • "You did have what we call a quorum, more than half where they are voting."