MAJORITY (Fr. majoriU; Med. Lat. majoritas; Lat. major, greater), a term signifying the greater number. In leeislative and deliberative assemblies it is usual to decide questions by a majority of those present at a meeting and voting. In law, majority is the state of being of full age, which in the United Kingdom is twenty-one years of age. A person attains his majority at twelve o'clock at night of the day preceding his twenty-first birthday (see INFANT; AGE).
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)