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supermajority (plural supermajorities)
- (chiefly Canada, US) A majority of the items being counted that reaches some preset threshold significantly greater than 50 percent, such as two thirds.
- Synonym: (chiefly UK) qualified majority
- 1915 April 2, “‘Caisson Disease’ in a Severe Form”, in Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, page 9, column 2:
- It was in order to exclude not water, but the light of day, that the Roblin Government kept its super-majority on the Public Accounts Committee working under such heavy pressure, with two foremen on the job, Taylor and Coldwell, who kept them so hard at it that the Liberals were prevented from getting at the full facts of the Kelly work on the new Parliament buildings and the Roblin Government work on the Provincial Treasury in connection with Kelly.
- 2021 April 15, Libby Brooks, “Could Salmond’s ‘Supermajority’ Talk Harm the Scottish Independence Cause?”, in The Guardian, London:
- Launching his new political party, Alba, he [Alex Salmond] claimed he could help secure a “supermajority” for independence in the next Scottish parliament, which would significantly weaken Westminster’s opposition to a second independence referendum.
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Adjectives often used with "supermajority"
majority that reaches a preset threshold level
- “supermajority, n.” under “super-, prefix”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2022.
Further reading edit
- “supermajority”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- “supermajority”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
- “supermajority”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.
- “supermajority”, in Collins English Dictionary.
- “supermajority” (US) / “supermajority” (UK) in Macmillan English Dictionary.