Adjective "Minority" definition and examples

(Minority may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The smaller number or part, especially a number or part representing less than half of the whole.
  1. 'those who acknowledge his influence are in the minority'
  2. 'Focusing on a minority of more profitable brands that are believed to have the greatest growth potential will actually help retailers.'
  3. 'The A-level of old had a specific function: to test the minority of young people who would go on to higher education.'
  4. 'The group is regarded as a fundamentalist organisation representing the views of the minority of Muslims.'
  5. 'And for the minority of people who can't, having restricted licensing hours is highly unlikely to deter them.'
  6. 'Only a minority of organizing campaigns use such tactics effectively, she says.'
  7. 'How do we detect the minority of patients who really would be frightened?'
  8. 'These laws are aimed at the minority of annoying customers and not at the lovely ones.'
  9. 'Throughout this period, there had always been a minority of rebels who challenged the rule of the clock.'
  10. 'There would appear to be a whole range of compatibility issues with small programs that a minority of users have on their computer.'
  11. 'There would be only a tiny minority of Australians who would not support tough action being taken against terrorists.'
  12. 'a blocking minority of 23 votes'
  13. 'The balance of voting in the Council of Ministers had, up to this point, meant that a 'blocking minority' of 23 votes was required.'
  14. as modifier 'minority rights'
  15. 'The minority community generally feel that the scales of justice are tilted widely against them.'
  16. 'It wasn't even welfare reform, because that was popular with minorities.'
  17. 'It seems extraordinary that as liberals we now feel secure enough to impose our own orthodoxies on the dissenting minorities within our community.'
  18. 'More than a third of the world's Muslim population live as minorities.'
  19. 'By the year 2010, 50 per cent of people living in London are going to be from the minority communities.'
  20. 'Under what criteria is it acceptable for a political minority to take by force what it cannot win at the ballot box?'
  21. 'There are no real race or religion minorities, much less any clashes.'
  22. 'Which brings us back to the Sikhs, who before this incident in Birmingham were the model of a law-abiding minority community.'
  23. 'Can there be true secularism and democracy in Kashmir without giving the Pandit minority a political space?'
  24. 'No wonder we never hear of any member of the minority community ever holding any position of importance in these countries.'
The state or period of being under the age of full legal responsibility.
  1. 'During the claimant's minority the initial limitation period would not run.'
  2. 'The context was exceptional, for royal authority was weakened by the minority of Louis XIV.'

More definitions

1. the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole.

2. a smaller party or group opposed to a majority, as in voting or other action.

3. a group in society distinguished from, and less dominant than, the more numerous majority: The ethnic minority was disproportionately affected by the reduction in preventative medical services.

4. a racial, ethnic, religious, or social subdivision of a society that is subordinate to the do

More examples(as adjective)

"rights can be minority."

"packages can be minority."

"groups can be minority."

"shareholdings can be minority."

"communities can be minority."

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Late 15th century (in minority (sense 2)): from French minorité or medieval Latin minoritas, from Latin minor ‘smaller’ (see minor).


be (or find oneself) in a minority of one