What does quorum mean?
Definitions for quorum
ˈkwɔr əm, ˈkwoʊr-quo·rum
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a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
The minimum number of members required for a group to officially conduct business and to cast votes, often but not necessarily a majority or supermajority.
We can discuss the issue tonight, but cannot vote until we have a quorum.
A selected body of persons.
Etymology: From quorum, genitive plural form of qui, used as standard wording in written commissions.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A bench of justices; such a number of any officers as is sufficient to do business.
They were a parcel of mummers, and being himself one of the quorum in his own country, he wondered that none of the Middlesex justices took care to lay some of them by the heels. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 44.
A quorum is the minimum number of members of a deliberative assembly (a body that uses parliamentary procedure, such as a legislature) necessary to conduct the business of that group. According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, the "requirement for a quorum is protection against totally unrepresentative action in the name of the body by an unduly small number of persons." In contrast, a plenum is a meeting of the full (or rarely nearly full) body. A body, or a meeting or vote of it, is quorate if a quorum is present (or casts valid votes). The term quorum is from a Middle English wording of the commission formerly issued to justices of the peace, derived from Latin quorum, "of whom", genitive plural of qui, "who". As a result, quora as plural of quorum is not a valid Latin formation. In modern times a quorum might be defined as the minimum number of voters needed for a valid election.
such a number of the officers or members of any body as is competent by law or constitution to transact business; as, a quorum of the House of Representatives; a constitutional quorum was not present
Etymology: [L., of whom, gen. pl. of qui who, akin to E. who. See the Note below.]
A quorum is the minimum number of members of a deliberative assembly necessary to conduct the business of that group. According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, the "requirement for a quorum is protection against totally unrepresentative action in the name of the body by an unduly small number of persons." The term quorum is from a Middle English wording of the commission formerly issued to justices of the peace, derived from Latin quorum, "of whom", genitive plural of qui = "who". As a result, quora as plural of quorum is not a valid Latin formation.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kwō′rum, n. a number of the members of any body sufficient to transact business. [The first word of a commission formerly issued to certain justices, of whom (L. quorum) a certain number had always to be present when the commission met.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the number of the members of a governing body required by law to give legality to any transaction in the name of it.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A clumsy individual, all Ayes and Noes, who is seldom on hand when needed. Faint heart never won fair lady--but a full purse can always pull the trick. R Man proposes, then woman imposes. RABBIT A small rodent, very similar to a hare, which feeds on grass and burrows in the earth. =WELSH RABBIT= More like a string, thrives on cheese and burrows in the stomach.
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The numerical value of quorum in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of quorum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of quorum in a Sentence
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer:
We're not ordering members to come back, but we do expect sufficient members to come back so we can have a quorum.
Quorum is still not met. Praying no other Democrats willingly go to Floor, there is currently an injunction stopping TX from arresting Democrats, yet these Democrats on the floor today chose to participate in voter suppression.
We have a bipartisan quorum. We can proceed.
My grandfather was my hero and my friend long before I knew that he had been the secretary of agriculture or was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Former Elizabeth Mayor Robert Crafton:
If you can’t get people to come then what are you going to do? If you can’t get a quorum then what are you going to do? What options did I have?
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