Thursday, September 15, 2005
quorum noun [KWOR-uhm] Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to transact business.
Definitions for quorum
- Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to transact business.
- A select group.
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Citations for quorum
The extraordinary powers of the Senate were vested in twenty-six men, fourteen of whom would constitute a quorum, of which eight would make up a majority.
What other quorum in American history, save those who wrote our constitution, could claim as much impact on our day-to-day lives?
Origin of quorum
Quorum comes from the Latin quorum, "of whom," from qui, "who." The term arose from the wording of the commission once issued to justices of the peace in England, by which commission it was directed that no business of certain kinds should be done without the presence of one or more specially designated justices.