|minority (maɪˈnɒrɪtɪ, mɪ-)|
|—n , pl -ties|
|1.||the smaller in number of two parts, factions, or groups|
|2.||a group that is different racially, politically, etc, from a larger group of which it is a part|
|3.||a. the state of being a minor|
|b. Compare majority the period during which a person is below legal age|
|4.||(modifier) relating to or being a minority: a minority interest; a minority opinion|
|[C16: from Medieval Latin minōritās, from Latin |
a culturally, ethnically, or racially distinct group that coexists with but is subordinate to a more dominant group. As the term is used in the social sciences, this subordinancy is the chief defining characteristic of a minority group. As such, minority status does not necessarily correlate to population. In some cases one or more so-called minority groups may have a population many times the size of the dominating group, as was the case in South Africa under apartheid (c. 1950-91).
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