quorum

[ kwawr-uh m, kwohr- ]SEE DEFINITION OF quorum

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A majority constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Congress was to have assembled, but not a quorum of the members could be collected.

Mr. Speaker, I am paired, but I have voted in order to make a quorum.

She is the last survivor of the quorum, and is now fast fading into dotage.

Wellborn, who presided, counted a quorum and declared the resolutions adopted.

The quorum were on the verge of investigating when she denied the fact—in person.

The quorum thumbed the armholes of their vests and shook an emphatic negative.

The quorum invested their thumbs again and cleared their throats.

But wherever the devil is there is always a quorum present for business.

With these two there were forty-six representatives present—a quorum.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., in reference to certain eminent justices of the peace, from Latin quorum "of whom," genitive plural (masc. and neuter; fem. quarum) of qui "who" (see who). The traditional wording of the commission appointing justices of the peace translates as, "We have also assigned you, and every two or more of you (of whom [quoram vos] any one of you the aforesaid A, B, C, D, etc. we will shall be one) our justices to inquire the truth more fully." The justices so-named usually were called the justices of the quorum. Meaning "fixed number of members whose presence is necessary to transact business" is first recorded 1610s.

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