Quo´rum Pronunciation: kwō´rŭm
QUORUM. Used substantively, quorum signifies the number of persons belonging
to a legislative assembly, a corporation, society, or other body, required
to transact business; there is a difference between an act done by a
definite number of persons, and one performed by an indefinite number: in
the first case a majority is required to constitute a quorum, unless the law
expressly directs that another number may make one; in the latter case any
number who may be present may act, the majority of those present having, as
in other cases, the right to act. 7 Cowen, 402; 9 B. & C. 648; Ang. on Corp.
2. Sometimes the law requires a greater number than a bare majority to
form a quorum, in such case no quorum is present until such a number
3. When an authority is confided to several persons for a private
purpose, all must join in the act, unless otherwise authorized. 6 John. R.
38. Vide Authority, Majority; Plurality.
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