Sunday, 13 October 2013

Entry: quorum (n.)


In context: "'Quorum on the decay-type odor.'"

DefinitionA fixed 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.

Other: I had expected the etymology to be more interesting, but nothing too neat here: 

Etymology:  < Anglo-Norman quorum select body of (usually eminent) justices of the peace, every member of which had to be present to constitute a deciding body (1437 or earlier; the word is apparently not attested in continental French until much later (1672, originally with reference to a body of justices of the peace in England)) and its etymon classical Latin quōrum, lit. ‘of whom’ (genitive plural of quī who: see who pron.), from the wording of commissions in which certain persons were specially designated as members of a body by the words quorum vos..unum (duos, etc.) esse volumus ‘of whom we will that you..be one (two, etc.)’

SNOOT score: 1
 
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Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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