Definition of quorum in English:



  • The minimum number of members of an assembly or society that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid.

    • ‘Are these meetings valid as the quorum must be from the persons who are entitled to attend and vote at such meetings?’
    • ‘Since the second meeting also assembled a quorum, the two plenums yielded two mutually exclusive, but equally valid, results.’
    • ‘Attempts to resolve the issue failed in late summer and early fall because the board could not assemble a quorum for a meeting.’
    • ‘The standing committee found that even the three remaining members were not consistent in attending meetings and a quorum could often not be made.’
    • ‘The presence of eight members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at its meetings.’
    • ‘There were just about enough people present to form a quorum.’
    • ‘However, to pass the annual report and financial statements a quorum of only 25 members is required.’
    • ‘The more extensive the member roster, the harder it might be to achieve a quorum consistently when meetings are called.’
    • ‘The quorum at meetings of the trustees is four, of whom two must be Employers' Representatives and two Members' Representatives.’
    • ‘The meeting was put back because of difficulties in getting a quorum - the number of members legally necessary to hold a meeting.’
    • ‘The quorum (at least 100 people have to be present in court) could also be reduced.’
    • ‘A quorum of 500 attendees was required by the society to pass amendments to their by-laws.’
    • ‘Don't you need a quorum and a certain amount of people in the Senate present to do that?’
    • ‘And students can't vote to lower quorum until there is a lower quorum.’
    • ‘We require a quorum of 100 students to proceed - and the motion lapses if it isn't obtained.’
    • ‘As a result of the loss of those three members, the five-member commission lacks sufficient personnel for a quorum.’
    • ‘A majority of the members of the committee or task force shall constitute a quorum.’
    • ‘He said there should be at least 13 senators present for a session to have a quorum.’
    • ‘Seems to me that if you have 88 members out of 150 present and voting for a bill, the lack of a quorum is hardly going to influence the outcome.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it did not meet the quorum required to pass.’


Late Middle English (referring to justices of the peace): used in commissions for committee members designated by the Latin quorum vos … unum (duos, etc.) esse volumus ‘of whom we wish that you … be one (two, etc.)’.