Meaning of majoritarian in English:


Pronunciation /məˌdʒɒrɪˈtɛːrɪən/


  • Governed by or believing in decision by a majority.

    ‘the value of the Supreme Court as guardian of our liberties depends on its being distanced from ordinary majoritarian politics’
    • ‘The democracy part implies that those areas of policy requiring collective decision making will reflect majoritarian preferences.’
    • ‘He believes the Greens' values are majoritarian values that can reach across the political spectrum.’
    • ‘How can majoritarian politics durably sustain policies harmful to majority interests?’
    • ‘The smoking ban is probably the most topical example of a decision that comes near to enforced majoritarian virtue.’
    • ‘Given the reality of the Jim Crow South, however, majoritarian democracy could hardly have been said to be in play.’
    • ‘The social transition has gone wrong: it is majoritarian absolutism.’
    • ‘A final note: do not misinterpret this criticism as a defense of majoritarian democracy.’
    • ‘Nice to see George spelling out that he's in favour of majoritarian rule rather than democracy.’
    • ‘Justice is not to be equated with the law of the state or with simple majoritarian democracy.’
    • ‘In fact, academe's characteristic mode of governance magnifies majoritarian power.’
    • ‘The unwritten guiding premise of governance today is majoritarian supremacy in the form of Hindu theocracy.’
    • ‘It's an insane effort, smacking of majoritarian tyranny and aggressive, hidebound religious-exclusivist ethics.’
    • ‘What they propose is not really strict construction, but majoritarian tyranny.’
    • ‘While they have their place, referenda suffer from being overly majoritarian and non-deliberative.’
    • ‘If the state's wisdom came from majoritarian prejudices, rather than the expertise of its technocrats, that would take us no further.’
    • ‘American politicians are much more ‘democratic’ from a majoritarian point of view.’
    • ‘Risk taking does not come easily to majoritarian institutions.’
    • ‘If civil liberties are left to popular votes, they can similarly founder on the rocks of majoritarian advantage.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm missing something, but isn't this at odds with his often stated majoritarian views?’
    • ‘Personally, I don't necessarily see such fragmentation as a bad thing, as it acts as a check on majoritarian power.’


  • A person who supports government by a majority.

    ‘the hectoring tone of majoritarians towards heterodox opinions’
    • ‘Richard concludes his essay with an observation that I wish conservative democratic majoritarians (and their democratic compatriots on the left) would take to heart.’
    • ‘Third, I do not claim that all the Founders were ‘libertarians,’ but (as I discuss in my book but not in this paper) neither were they democratic majoritarians.’
    • ‘But this libertarian view antagonizes both the diversitarians and the majoritarians more than anything, more even than they antagonize each other.’
    • ‘Formal governmental censorship is rare and moral majoritarians have been relatively ineffective in the effort to criminalize rock concerts through the instrumentality of the courts.’
    • ‘Yet this argument runs into trouble once it is conceded that majoritarians of the earlier period were ‘mostly good Americans.’’
    • ‘It is a measure of Dworkin's success that moral majoritarians are now more likely to speak in neutral terms of ‘disempowerment’ and ‘oppression’ than in subjective terms such as ‘disgust’.’
    • ‘It has been an important test of the Scottish parliament, from which it has emerged battered but intact after a challenge to its legitimacy from the moral majoritarians.’
    • ‘Admittedly, the moral majoritarians were hard to love (as Richard John Neuhaus fully displays in his ambivalence toward them).’
    • ‘Here is T. R. Malthus's reading of Smith which makes it clear that contemporaries regarded Smith as a majoritarian.’
    • ‘The majoritarian says, ‘If you want to know who should prevail in a conflict, take a vote.’’
    • ‘He is not a moral majoritarian, but he isn't going to be extending the boundaries of personal morality either.’
    • ‘Liberals bash the Hindutva brigade in newspapers and TV channels, the majoritarians bash the rest of us.’
    • ‘Elections are rarely worth defending, and certainly are not the holy things modern-day majoritarians say they are.’
    • ‘Sunstein identifies Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as a majoritarian but says there are no consistent majoritarians on today's Supreme Court.’
    • ‘Some liberals have been majoritarians with a limited concern for the rights of minorities; some conservatives have been valiant defenders of the liberties of conscience and expression.’
    • ‘We live in a world in which the people who want the government to be more involved in our lives include moral majoritarians and old New Dealers.’
    • ‘Sunstein insists there are four categories: majoritarians, perfectionists, minimalists and fundamentalists.’
    • ‘More and more Arab majoritarians are speaking up.’
    • ‘Ardent majoritarians may be scandalized by the fact that 51 senators from the least populous states, representing just 17 percent of the nation's population, could defeat a bill.’
    • ‘The proposed solution to the ‘mess’ surrounding contemporary confirmation politics will not be appealing to majoritarians.’