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noun minority pronunciation in American English /maɪˈnɔrəti/
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  1. 1
    [singular] a small number of people or things that are part of a larger group but different in some way from most of the group

    There are not many, a tiny minority, who have misbehaved outrageously.

    minority of:

    In a small minority of cases, the treatment does not help.

    1. b.
      [countable] someone who is a member of a minority group

      As minorities, we need to work together.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] legal the period of time before someone is legally an adult


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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