Definition of supermajority in US English:



  • A number that is much more than half of a total, especially in a vote.

    • ‘And requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote of the state legislature to pass a budget in effect paralyzes government.’
    • ‘Personally, I've always felt that supermajorities were appropriate only for extraordinary actions such as amending the constitution, things that are supposed to be hard to do.’
    • ‘These problems can be mitigated by placing state-owned media under the direction of professionalized, politically insulated boards, appointments to which require supermajorities in the legislature.’
    • ‘My Wednesday column about the ‘nuclear option’ contained the wrong supermajority normally required in the Senate to cut off debate.’
    • ‘So the appeals courts are the final arbiters in a supermajority of federal cases, dealing with everything from the rights of the disabled to wetlands development to the death penalty.’
    • ‘It was only in 1917 that the Senate adopted Rule 22, establishing a procedure by which a supermajority could invoke cloture and end a filibuster.’
    • ‘In America, courts can thwart the majority's will, but not a supermajority's.’
    • ‘Such edicts, which can be more intrusive than anything a local government would impose, generally stay on the books unless a supermajority of residents can agree to update them.’
    • ‘Besides, the Constitution isn't legislation in itself, it is the basis for legislation, which is why supermajorities are required to amend it.’
    • ‘A supermajority requirement is obviously helpful to non-controlling shareholders, but, equally obviously, does not guarantee their protection against opportunistic conduct on the part of the controlling shareholders.’
    • ‘In addition, California is one of only two states mandating a two-thirds supermajority of both legislative bodies to pass a budget.’
    • ‘Before this can happen, he should be required to obtain a Congressional supermajority, and the requisite percentage should increase with every requested extension - from two-thirds to three-quarters to four-fifths.’
    • ‘Seven years ago, 49 Republican senators backed a plan to require a supermajority to pass tax increases.’
    • ‘The major focus of reform bills would require supermajorities of two-thirds or even three-fifths of voters to approve a constitutional amendment at the ballot box before it would become law.’
    • ‘Many cities, for instance, allow a supermajority of homeowners to petition to make their neighborhood a historic district subject to special aesthetic controls - potentially a good model of specialized design boundaries.’