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Definition a collection of the smallest number (or percentage) of members of an organization that must be present to conduct official business
  • The Senate typically requires 51 members to form a quorum.
  • They attempted to adjourn, to recess, to make a quorum impossible.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • It has been said that a quorum should be more than a majority.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • "You need a quorum?" another director asked.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • When I opened my eyes, more of the Bikura had arrived... There was a cessation of movement, as if a quorum had been filled, a decision reached.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It has been said that more than a majority ought to have been required for a quorum; and in particular cases, if not in all, more than a majority of a quorum for a decision.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • At times there were not enough delegates for a quorum, and as the news from New Jersey became more bleak, and the British army drew nearer, Philadelphia was beset by an extreme outbreak of the jitters.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Largely because of bad roads, the new Congress, scheduled to convene in New York on the first Wednesday in March 1789, would not have a sufficient number present to make a quorum in either house until weeks afterward.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In Massachusetts the business of the county is conducted by the Court of Sessions, which is composed of a quorum named by the Governor and his council; but the county has no representative assembly, and its expenditure is voted by the national legislature.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • But in choosing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two-thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice.
    United States 'Founding Fathers'  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • In the new law courts—for Fort Mayne was over—the lawyers were as busy as bees, issuing writs for attainder, chancery, chevisance, disseisin, distraint, distress, embracery, exigent, fieri facias, maintenance, replevin, right of way, oyer and terminer, scot and lot, Quorum bonorum, Sic et non, Pro et contra, Jus primae noctis, and Questio quid juris?
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • A Senate quorum will be sixteen members.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Of course we have a quorum!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hammer of Thor
  • A quorum meant that they were going to be asked to make an important decision.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Dodgson now had his quorum.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Do we have a quorum?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hammer of Thor
  • I don't care how good you are at forming a quorum, you're just not going to be able to massacre those defenders very easily without hacking apart your comrades as well.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hammer of Thor
  • Whenever justice or the general good might require new laws or active measures, a quorum of more than a majority would reverse the fundamental principle of free government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It has been said that more than a majority ought to have been required for a quorum; and in particular cases, if not in all, more than a majority of a quorum for a decision.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers

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