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Noun
/məˈnôrətē/,
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minorities, plural;
  1. The smaller number or part, esp. a number that is less than half the whole number
    • - harsher measures for the minority of really serious offenders
    • - a minority party
  2. The number of votes cast for or by the smaller party in a legislative assembly
    • - a blocking minority of 23 votes
  3. A relatively small group of people, esp. one commonly discriminated against in a community, society, or nation, differing from others in race, religion, language, or political persuasion
    • - representatives of ethnic minorities
    • - minority rights
  4. The state or period of being under the age of full legal responsibility


  1. a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part
  2. being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts; "when the vote was taken they were in the minority"; "he held a minority position"
  3. any age prior to the legal age
  4. Minority, and the related concept of "becoming-minor," is a philosophical concept developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in their books Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature (1975), A Thousand Plateaus (1980), and elsewhere. In these texts, they criticize the concept of "majority". ...
  5. "Minority" is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the first single from their sixth album Warning. The song was #1 for five weeks on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in late 2000.
  6. (Minorities) A minority is a sociological group that does not make up a politically dominant voting majority of the total population of a given society. ...
  7. Any subgroup that does not form a numerical majority; Empowered by or representing a minority (usually a plurality) of votes cast, legislative seats, &c., rather than an outright majority thereof; A member of an ethnic minority; Youth; period or condition of a person prior to reaching adulthood
  8. (Minorities) All persons classified as Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaskan Native.
  9. (Minorities) Shareholders in the subsidiary of a company who hold a minority interest.
  10. (Minorities) Some prefer "ethnic minorities" although others suggest that this implies that the majority are not ethnic as well and hence recommend the use of the term "minorities". ...
  11. As defined in the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as part of the Fair Housing Laws "'minority' means any group, or any member of a group, that can be identified either: (1) by race, color, religion, sex, disability, or national origin; or (2) by any other characteristic (such as familial status) on the ...
  12. For EEO official reporting purposes, and for purposes of the work force analysis required in Revised Executive Order No. 4, the term "minority" includes Blacks, Hispanics, Alaskan Natives or American Indians, and Asian or Pacific Islanders.
  13. Any small group in a society that is different from the rest. Differences often include race, religion or political views.
  14. The smaller part of a group. A group within a country or state that differs in race, religion or national origin from the dominant group. According to EEOC guidelines, minority is used to mean four particular groups who share a race, color or national origin.
  15. Period when an individual was under age (i.e. less than 21) and therefore could not possess or control his or her inheritance. A royal minority occurred when the king was succeeded by an heir (usually) under 21. For example, in 1216 King John was succeeded by Henry III, who was only 9 years old. ...
  16. The smaller in number of two groups constituting a whole; a group having less than the number of votes necessary for control; a part of the population differing from others in some characteristics and often subjected to differential treatment.
  17. a “0% woodland component” exists where a small unmappable (<0.5ha) NVC woodland community/HAP type occurs within a larger mappable polygon that is a different NVC/HAP type.  A minority NVC/HAP can occur as a single small “patch” (<0.5ha), or multiple small patches which are each <0. ...
  18. A person who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and is Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American as defined by the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  19. A social group, distinguished by physical or cultural characteristics, that often receives differential treatment.
  20. a student who is African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or who belongs to any other ethnic group. Sometimes, women of all ethnicities are considered to be minorities as well.
  21. fewer pawns on one side than your opponent, e.g. 2 pawns on a+b-files against three pawns on abc.
  22. they that have achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.
  23. Populations that are under represented in a community, compared to the whole.
  24. The state of being a minor; infancy; one who has not reached the age of majority.
  25. any person except a white male (note that white males statistically make up less than 25% of the US population).