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Webster 1913 Edition


Minor

Mi′nor

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Noun.
1.
A person of either sex who has not attained the age at which full civil rights are accorded; an infant; in England and the United States, one under twenty-one years of age.
☞ In hereditary monarchies, the minority of a sovereign ends at an earlier age than of a subject. The minority of a sovereign of Great Britain ends upon the completion of the eighteenth year of his age.
2.
(Logic)
The minor term, that is, the subject of the conclusion; also, the minor premise, that is, that premise which contains the minor term; in hypothetical syllogisms, the categorical premise. It is the second proposition of a regular syllogism, as in the following: Every act of injustice partakes of meanness; to take money from another by gaming is an act of injustice; therefore, the taking of money from another by gaming partakes of meanness.
3.
A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.

Definition 2022


Minor

Minor

See also: minor and minôr

English

Proper noun

Minor

  1. A surname.

minor

minor

See also: Minor and minôr

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

minor (comparative more minor, superlative most minor)

  1. Of little significance or importance.
    The physical appearance of a candidate is a minor factor in recruitment.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      There is now such an immense "microliterature" on hepatics that, beyond a certain point I have given up trying to integrate (and evaluate) every minor paper published—especially narrowly floristic papers.
  2. (music) Of a scale which has lowered scale degrees three, six, and seven relative to major, but with the sixth and seventh not always lowered
    a minor scale.
  3. (music) being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:insignificant
  • See also Wikisaurus:small

Antonyms

Translations

Noun

minor (plural minors)

  1. A person who is below the legal age of majority, consent, criminal responsibility or other adult responsibilities and accountabilities.
    It is illegal to sell weapons to minors under the age of eighteen.
  2. A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, it became my minor.
    • I became an English minor.
  3. (mathematics) determinant of a square submatrix
  4. (British slang, dated) A younger brother (especially at a public school).
  5. (zoology) A small worker in a leaf-cutter ant colony, sized between a minim and a media.

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Verb

minor (third-person singular simple present minors, present participle minoring, simple past and past participle minored)

  1. To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, I decided to minor in it.

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Anagrams


Interlingua

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /miˈnor/

Adjective

minor (not comparable)

  1. (comparative degree of parve) smaller

le minor

  1. the smallest

Synonyms


Italian

Adjective

minor

  1. apocopic form of minore

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈmi.nor/, [ˈmɪ.nɔr]

Etymology 1

See minuō.

Adjective

minor (comparative of parvus)

  1. comparative of parvus; lesser, inferior, smaller
Inflection

Third declension, comparative variant

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative minor minus minōrēs minōra
genitive minōris minōrum
dative minōrī minōribus
accusative minōrem minus minōrēs minōra
ablative minōre minōribus
vocative minor minus minōrēs minōra
Antonyms
Descendants

Noun

minor m (genitive minōris); third declension

  1. subordinate
  2. (in the plural) descendants
Inflection

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative minor minōrēs
genitive minōris minōrum
dative minōrī minōribus
accusative minōrem minōrēs
ablative minōre minōribus
vocative minor minōrēs

Etymology 2

From mina (a threat).

Verb

minor (present infinitive minārī, perfect active minātus sum); first conjugation, deponent

  1. I jut forth, protrude, project
  2. (with dative) I threaten, menace someone with something
Inflection
   Conjugation of minor (first conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present minor mināris, mināre minātur mināmur mināminī minantur
imperfect minābar minābāris, minābāre minābātur minābāmur minābāminī minābantur
future minābor mināberis, minābere minābitur minābimur minābiminī minābuntur
perfect minātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect minātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect minātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present miner minēris, minēre minētur minēmur minēminī minentur
imperfect minārer minārēris, minārēre minārētur minārēmur minārēminī minārentur
perfect minātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect minātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present mināre mināminī
future minātor minātor minantor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives minārī minātus esse minātūrus esse
participles mināns minātus minātūrus minandus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
minārī minandī minandō minandum minātum minātū
Derived terms
Descendants

References


Swedish

Noun

minor

  1. indefinite plural of mina