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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Quorum \Quo"rum\ (kw[=o]"r[u^]m), n. [L., of whom, gen. pl. of
qui who, akin to E. who. See the Note below.]
Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is
competent by law or constitution to transact business; as, a
quorum of the House of Representatives; a constitutional
quorum was not present.
Note: The term arose from the Latin words, Quorum aliquem
vestrum . . . unum esse volumus (of whom we wish some
one of you to be one), which were used in the
commission formerly 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 of certain justices specially
designated. Justice of the peace and of the quorum
designates a class of justices of the peace in some of
the United States.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a gathering of the minimal number of members of an
organization to conduct business
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
48 Moby Thesaurus words for "quorum":
assemblee, assembly, assignation, at home, ball, brawl, caucus,
colloquium, commission, committee, conclave, concourse,
congregation, congress, conventicle, convention, convocation,
council, dance, date, diet, eisteddfod, festivity, fete,
forgathering, forum, gathering, get-together, housewarming, levee,
meet, meeting, panel, party, plenum, prom, rally, reception,
rendezvous, seance, session, shindig, sit-in, sitting, soiree,
symposium, synod, turnout
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
QUORUM. Used substantively, quorum signifies the number of persons belonging
to a legislative assembly, a corporation, society, or other body, required
to transact business; there is a difference between an act done by a
definite number of persons, and one performed by an indefinite number: in
the first case a majority is required to constitute a quorum, unless the law
expressly directs that another number may make one; in the latter case any
number who may be present may act, the majority of those present having, as
in other cases, the right to act. 7 Cowen, 402; 9 B. & C. 648; Ang. on Corp.
2. Sometimes the law requires a greater number than a bare majority to
form a quorum, in such case no quorum is present until such a number
3. When an authority is confided to several persons for a private
purpose, all must join in the act, unless otherwise authorized. 6 John. R.
38. Vide Authority, Majority; Plurality.
From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :
QUORUM, n. A sufficient number of members of a deliberative body to
have their own way and their own way of having it. In the United
States Senate a quorum consists of the chairman of the Committee on
Finance and a messenger from the White House; in the House of
Representatives, of the Speaker and the devil.
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