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  • nouna group differing from the majority
  • nouna period before adult legal age

synonyms for minority

  • opposition
  • less than half
  • splinter group
  • the few
  • the outnumbered
  • the outvoted
See also synonyms for: minorities
  • youth
  • adolescence
  • childhood
  • immaturity
  • pubescence
  • youthfulness

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What is another word for minority?

The word minority is used in both general and more specific ways.

Generally speaking, it refers to the smaller portion of a total—the one that’s less than half. In the context of voting, it means the same thing, and can refer to the amount of votes or to the group of voters.

In the general context of groups of people, minority is used in reference to the nonmajority portion of the wider group. This is how the word is used in the phrase in the minority, I wanted to have the party after work, but I was in the minority.

In demographics, minority usually refers to the smaller portion of a wider population as divided by some characteristic, such as age or religion. Such a group might be called a minority group. The word minority has also commonly been used in more specific terms, like racial minority or ethnic minority.

Indeed, in this context, use of the word minority is especially associated with the concept of race and racial identity—particularly in places where people with darker skin colors constitute a smaller part of the population than those who are considered white. Historically, the word has been applied in the U.S. and other places to people of color. However, this isn’t always accurate in terms of population percentage, and this use of the word is also often criticized for other reasons. See the next section for an explanation of why minority is now often avoided in this context in favor of other terms.

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antonyms for minority

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  • majority
  • adulthood
  • majority
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How to use minority in a sentence

The hope is Garrison can help Austin improve these and other issues, as the Pentagon needs to lift qualified minorities to more positions of power and keep extremists out of uniform.
THE PENTAGON IS TAKING A MAJOR STEP TO DEAL WITH ITS DIVERSITY PROBLEMSALEX WARDFEBRUARY 12, 2021VOX
The minority of Republicans who think otherwise might survive the next round of primaries, but they show no ability to move the 88 to 95 percent of the party out.
STOP TRYING TO SAVE THE GOP. IT’S HOPELESS.JENNIFER RUBINFEBRUARY 12, 2021WASHINGTON POST
While I think that is not wrong, I also think that the line for a small minority of the GOP has gotten brighter.
HOW HAS THE NATION CHANGED SINCE THE INSURRECTION AT THE CAPITOL?MICAH COHEN (MICAH.COHEN@FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM)FEBRUARY 11, 2021FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
Although it is still too early to know whether these steps will improve lives in minority communities, they represent one effort to tackle a long-standing problem around the globe.
THE PROBLEM OF ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM IN MEXICO TODAY IS ROOTED IN HISTORYJAYSON PORTERFEBRUARY 11, 2021WASHINGTON POST
This means that far fewer older adults from under-resourced racial and ethnic minority communities have been able to make appointments.
ONE BIG HICCUP IN US EFFORTS TO DISTRIBUTE COVID-19 VACCINES? POOR INTERNET ACCESS.BY TAMRA BURNS LOEB, ET AL./THE CONVERSATIONFEBRUARY 10, 2021POPULAR-SCIENCE
They say their local sites can be taken over by a loud minority that push misinformation about Covid-19, vaccines, and masks.
HOW THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC BROKE NEXTDOORREBECCA HEILWEILFEBRUARY 9, 2021VOX
That came after the league and franchise owners previously discarded a proposal to award draft picks to a team hiring a minority candidate.
ROGER GOODELL SAYS HIRING CYCLE DID NOT MEET NFL’S EXPECTATIONS AFTER DIVERSITY MEASURESMARK MASKEFEBRUARY 5, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican minority leader, is trying to have it both ways.
HOW REP. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE BECAME A LEADERSHIP TEST FOR KEVIN MCCARTHYLISSANDRA VILLAFEBRUARY 4, 2021TIME
When Allen fired Jim Zorn as the coach, the team turned to Mike Shanahan without even a token interview or thought of obeying the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires interviews of minority candidates.
WASHINGTON’S FRONT OFFICE LOOKS NOTHING LIKE IT EVER HAS BEFORE. THAT’S A REASON FOR HOPE.BARRY SVRLUGAFEBRUARY 4, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Those students, roughly 85 percent of whom are racial minorities, have been learning virtually since March as the district negotiates the terms of reopening with its teachers union.
SAN FRANCISCO IS SUING ITS OWN SCHOOL DISTRICT IN A BID TO RESUME IN-PERSON CLASSESMARISA IATIFEBRUARY 4, 2021WASHINGTON POST
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WORDS RELATED TO MINORITY

  • boyhood
  • girlhood
  • greenness
  • juvenility
  • minority
  • pubescence
  • spring
  • teens
  • youth
  • youthfulness
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