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 for majority
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Majority \Ma*jor"i*ty\, n.; pl. Majorities. [F. majorit['e].
     See Major.]
     1. The quality or condition of being major or greater;
        superiority. Specifically:
        (a) The military rank of a major.
        (b) The condition of being of full age, or authorized by
            law to manage one's own affairs.
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     2. The greater number; more than half; as, a majority of
        mankind; a majority of the votes cast.
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     3. [Cf. L. majores.] Ancestors; ancestry. [Obs.]
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     4. The amount or number by which one aggregate exceeds all
        other aggregates with which it is contrasted; especially,
        the number by which the votes for a successful candidate
        exceed those for all other candidates; as, he is elected
        by a majority of five hundred votes. See Plurality.
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     To go over to the majority or To join the majority, to
        die.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  majority
      n 1: the property resulting from being or relating to the
           greater in number of two parts; the main part; "the
           majority of his customers prefer it"; "the bulk of the work
           is finished" [syn: majority, bulk] [ant: minority]
      2: (elections) more than half of the votes [syn: majority,
         absolute majority]
      3: the age at which persons are considered competent to manage
         their own affairs [syn: majority, legal age] [ant:
         minority, nonage]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  73 Moby Thesaurus words for "majority":
     accomplishment, adulthood, adultness, age of consent, ascendancy,
     best part, better part, body, bulk, deanship, driving age, essence,
     excellence, favor, flower of age, full age, full bloom,
     full growth, fullgrownness, generality, gist, gravamen, greatness,
     grown-upness, incomparability, inimitability, lead, legal age,
     legalis homo, main body, major part, manhood, manlihood, mass,
     mature age, maturity, meat, more than half, most, one-upmanship,
     plurality, precedence, predominance, predomination, preeminence,
     preponderance, preponderancy, prepotence, prepotency, prerogative,
     prestige, prime, prime of life, priority, privilege, right-of-way,
     ripe age, riper years, seniority, skill, substance, success,
     superiority, the greatest number, thrust, toga virilis,
     transcendence, transcendency, virility, virtuosity, womanhood,
     womanlihood, years of discretion
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MAJORITY, persons. The state or condition of a person who has arrived at 
  full age. He is then said to be a major, in opposition to minor, which is 
  his condition during infancy. 
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MAJORITY, government. The greater number of the voters; though in another 
  sense, it means the greater number of votes given in which sense it is a 
  mere plurality. (q.v.) 
       2. In every well regulated society, the majority has always claimed and 
  exercised the right to govern the whole society, in the manner pointed out 
  by the fundamental laws and the minority are bound, whether they have 
  assented or not, for the obvious reason that opposite wills cannot prevail 
  at the same time, in the same society, on the same subject. 1 Tuck. Bl. Com. 
  App. 168, 172; 9 Dane's Ab. 37 to 43; 1 Story, Const. Sec. 330. 
       3. As to the rights of the majority of part owners of vessels, vide 3 
  Kent, Com. 114 et seq. As to the majority of a church, vide 16 Mass. 488. 
       4. In the absence of all stipulations, the general rule in partnerships 
  is, that each partner has an equal voice, and a majority acting bonafide, 
  have the right to manage the partnership concerns, and dispose of the 
  partnership property, notwithstanding the dissent of the minority; but in 
  every case when the minority have a right to give an opinion, they ought to 
  be notified. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1954. 
       5. As to the majorities of companies or corporations, see Angel, Corp. 
  48, et seq.;  3 M. R. 495. Vide, generally, Rutherf. Inst. 249; 9 Serg. & 
  Rawle, 99; Bro. Corporation, pl. 63; 15 Vin. Abr. 183, 184; and the article 
  Authority; Plurality; Quorum. 
  
  

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