quorum

Part of speech: noun

Number of members necessary for the transaction of business.

Part of speech: noun

Certain designated justices of the peace.

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Usage examples "quorum":

  1. Section 3.- 1. The Congress shall be the judge of the elections, returns, and qualifications of its members; any number of deputies from a majority of the States being present, shall constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members; upon all questions before the Congress each State shall be entitled to one vote, and shall be represented by any one or more of its deputies who may be present. - "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)", Jefferson Davis.
  2. It might happen that the same bill might be passed by a majority of one of a quorum of the Senate, composed of Senators from the fifteen smaller States and a single Senator from a sixteenth State; and if the Senators voting for it happened to be from the eight of the smallest of these States, it would be passed by the votes of Senators from States having but fourteen Representatives in the House of Representatives, and containing less than one- sixteenth of the whole population of the United States. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
  3. This method requires the demand of one fifth of a quorum. - "Problems in American Democracy", Thames Ross Williamson.