Absolute majority



a number of votes constituting more than half of the number cast.
a number of voters constituting more than half of the number registered.
Contemporary Examples

The House normally requires an absolute majority of 218 but, because of vacancies, that number is currently 217.
Debt Limit Stalemate Continues On Capitol Hill Ben Jacobs October 14, 2013

House rules require an absolute majority of members voting to choose a speaker.
Kamikaze Congress Prepares to Strike Boehner Ben Jacobs January 5, 2015

Texas requires candidates to win an absolute majority in a primary, so the two will face off in a late-July runoff.
Mitt Romney Clinches GOP Nomination & More Texas Primary Results Ben Jacobs May 29, 2012

Historical Examples

The sittings of both houses are public, and an absolute majority of the members must be present to make a sitting valid.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 1 Various

If any unelected candidate now stands first on an absolute majority of all these papers he is elected.
Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth

The Coalition gained an absolute majority and the Independence party became the strongest political group.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1 Various

But if not, then the weeding-out process is applied until an absolute majority is obtained.
Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth

The question of adjournment was lost, notwithstanding there was an absolute majority known a few minutes before in its favor.
The Life and Correspondence of Sir Isaac Brock Ferdinand Brock Tupper

Unless a candidate obtained an absolute majority of the votes cast, the election was void, and a new one was necessary.
A History of the Third French Republic C. H. C. Wright

In these elections the Mensheviki and the Socialist-Revolutionists everywhere gained an absolute majority.
Bolshevism John Spargo

noun
a number of votes totalling over 50 per cent, such as the total number of votes or seats obtained by a party that beats the combined opposition Compare relative majority

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