One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A majority over all rivals combined; more than half.
- ‘Yes, but, your Honour, in the Upper House in the Legislative Council there was a majority but not an absolute majority.’
- ‘The conservative Christian Democratic Party gained 12 percent and came close to an absolute majority.’
- ‘Greater governmental stability was achieved when the Partido Social Democrata won absolute majorities in 1987 and 1991 and the minority PS government elected in 1995 retained its popularity.’
- ‘An absolute majority will say yes to this progressive legislation.’
- ‘In a confidence vote last week, the Labour-Progressive Government won an absolute majority of support.’
- ‘In 1985, it won an absolute majority, enabling the party's candidate at the time, Oskar Lafontaine, to become state prime minister.’
- ‘For many years, the SPD was able to achieve an absolute majority in the Ruhr, the former heartland of steel and coal production, in which five million people still live.’
- ‘With more than three quarters of the vote counted in the first round of the Indonesian presidential elections, no candidate has achieved an absolute majority.’
- ‘This latest ballot was necessary after both candidates failed to win an absolute majority in the first ballot held two weeks ago.’
- ‘The Knesset could, in a no-confidence vote by an absolute majority of its members, oust the prime minister and her or his government.’
- ‘This gravitational pull on the media has been further reinforced by the instability and volatility of the Scottish Parliament, where no single party commands an absolute majority.’
- ‘Just months after its triumphal takeover of the Turkish parliament with an absolute majority the AKP faces crisis.’
- ‘Now enjoying an absolute majority, the PP government believes it no longer needs such social pacts.’
- ‘The UMP has an absolute majority in the country's National Assembly.’
- ‘An absolute majority of RMT members voted for strikes.’
- ‘In the parliamentary elections in June of this year the UMP won an absolute majority and has since formed the government.’
- ‘Thus, the Republican candidate failed to win an absolute majority.’
- ‘In the presidential race, however, a candidate must garner an absolute majority to win office, by holding a second round if necessary.’
- ‘However, even this four-party coalition is not enough for an absolute majority.’
- ‘For all of these, an absolute majority (half of all members plus one) has to vote in favour for the Parliament's voice to be heard.’
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