minority
mi·nor·i·ty n pl -ties
1 a: the period before attainment of majority
b: the state of being a minor
2: the smaller of two groups constituting a whole: as
a: a group (as in a legislative body) having less than the number of votes necessary for control
b: a group of judges among those hearing an appeal who disagree with the majority's judgment: dissent (3)
c: a group of jurisdictions taking a less widespread approach to or view of a legal question, issue, or problem
3 a: a part of a population differing esp. from the dominant group in some characteristics (as race, sex, or national origin) and often subject to differential treatment
b: a member of a minority
an effort to hire more minorities

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

minority
I (infancy) noun childhood, immaturity, inexperience, infant status, legal immaturity, legal incapacity, legal incompetence, nonage, period of being under legal age, period of being under statutory age, puerility, unripeness, youth, youthfulness associated concepts: age of minority, incapacity to contract, voidable contracts foreign phrases:
- Haeres minor uno et viginti annis non respondeat, nisi in casu dotis. — A minor heir under twenty-one years of age is not answerable, except in the matter of dower.
- Minor ante tempus agere non potest in casu proprietatis nee etiam convenire. — A minor under age cannot act in a case of property
II (outnumbered group) noun insignificant number, lesser group, lesser part, the outvoted, paltry few, peripheral group, powerless group, secondary group, small group, small number, small percentage, small proportion, small quantity, smaller group, smaller part, subordinate group, subsidiary group, uninfluential group, weak group associated concepts: minority group, minority member, minority party, minority stockholders III index adolescence, nonage, paucity

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


minority
n.
(1) The smaller group or number of a whole; a number less than half of a total; the opposite of majority.
(2) The condition of being a minor; childhood.
(3) A disadvantaged group of people; a group of people that comprises a relatively small part of the whole population and that suffers due to its race, religion, sex, etc.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


minority
in Scots law, a person under the age of 18. Persons under 16 have no capacity, but those between the two ages have a limited form of capacity. For England, See infant.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


minority
1) In voting, a side with less than half the votes.
2) A term for people in a predominantly Caucasian country who are not Caucasian, including African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, indigenous Americans (Indians), and other people "of color."
3) The period of life under legal age.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


minority
n.
1 An ethnic, religious, or other defined group of people who may face discrimination from the majority as a result of their differences.
2 The condition of not yet being of legal age.
3 A group of less than half of eligible voters.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


minority
The state or condition of a minor; infancy. Opposite of majority. The smaller number of votes of a deliberative assembly; opposed to majority. In context of the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection, minority does not have merely numerical denotation but refers to identifiable and specially disadvantaged groups such as those based on race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


minority
The state or condition of a minor; infancy. Opposite of majority. The smaller number of votes of a deliberative assembly; opposed to majority. In context of the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection, minority does not have merely numerical denotation but refers to identifiable and specially disadvantaged groups such as those based on race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

minority
n.
   1) in voting, a side with less than half the votes.
   2) a term for people in a predominantly Caucasian country who are not Caucasian, such as the United States where Caucasians comprise the majority and the minorities include African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, indigenous Americans (Indians) and other so-called "people of color." This ironic term is used despite the fact that the majority of the world's population is not Caucasian. Sometimes the term is employed to include women and homosexuals. "Minority" carries with it a certain patronizing tone even when used to assert rights of peoples who have been discriminated against, either socially or by law.
   3) the period of life under legal age.
   See also: legal age, majority, minor

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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