Definition of quorum in English:



  • The minimum number of members of an assembly or society that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid.

    • ‘Attempts to resolve the issue failed in late summer and early fall because the board could not assemble a quorum for a meeting.’
    • ‘Don't you need a quorum and a certain amount of people in the Senate present to do that?’
    • ‘We require a quorum of 100 students to proceed - and the motion lapses if it isn't obtained.’
    • ‘The meeting was put back because of difficulties in getting a quorum - the number of members legally necessary to hold a meeting.’
    • ‘And students can't vote to lower quorum until there is a lower quorum.’
    • ‘Since the second meeting also assembled a quorum, the two plenums yielded two mutually exclusive, but equally valid, results.’
    • ‘As a result of the loss of those three members, the five-member commission lacks sufficient personnel for a quorum.’
    • ‘He said there should be at least 13 senators present for a session to have a quorum.’
    • ‘The quorum (at least 100 people have to be present in court) could also be reduced.’
    • ‘The standing committee found that even the three remaining members were not consistent in attending meetings and a quorum could often not be made.’
    • ‘The quorum at meetings of the trustees is four, of whom two must be Employers' Representatives and two Members' Representatives.’
    • ‘The presence of eight members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at its meetings.’
    • ‘There were just about enough people present to form a quorum.’
    • ‘Seems to me that if you have 88 members out of 150 present and voting for a bill, the lack of a quorum is hardly going to influence the outcome.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it did not meet the quorum required to pass.’
    • ‘A majority of the members of the committee or task force shall constitute a quorum.’
    • ‘However, to pass the annual report and financial statements a quorum of only 25 members is required.’
    • ‘A quorum of 500 attendees was required by the society to pass amendments to their by-laws.’
    • ‘The more extensive the member roster, the harder it might be to achieve a quorum consistently when meetings are called.’
    • ‘Are these meetings valid as the quorum must be from the persons who are entitled to attend and vote at such meetings?’


Late Middle English (referring to justices of the peace): used in commissions for committee members designated by the Latin quorum vos … unum ( duos, etc.) esse volumus of whom we wish that you … be one (two, etc.).