Definition of absolute majority in US English:

absolute majority


  • A majority over all rivals combined; more than half.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, even this four-party coalition is not enough for an absolute majority.’
    • ‘Now enjoying an absolute majority, the PP government believes it no longer needs such social pacts.’
    • ‘In 1985, it won an absolute majority, enabling the party's candidate at the time, Oskar Lafontaine, to become state prime minister.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The UMP has an absolute majority in the country's National Assembly.’
    • ‘In the parliamentary elections in June of this year the UMP won an absolute majority and has since formed the government.’
    • ‘In the presidential race, however, a candidate must garner an absolute majority to win office, by holding a second round if necessary.’
    • ‘Thus, the Republican candidate failed to win 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The conservative Christian Democratic Party gained 12 percent and came close to an absolute majority.’
    • ‘In a confidence vote last week, the Labour-Progressive Government won an absolute majority of support.’
    • ‘Yes, but, your Honour, in the Upper House in the Legislative Council there was a majority but not 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.’
    • ‘Just months after its triumphal takeover of the Turkish parliament with an absolute majority the AKP faces crisis.’
    • ‘An absolute majority of RMT members voted for strikes.’
    • ‘An absolute majority will say yes to this progressive legislation.’
    • ‘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.’


absolute majority

/ˈˌæbsəˈˌl(j)ut məˈdʒɔrədi/