minor

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*mey-

From Latin minor (rather small)

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Adjective[edit]

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

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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

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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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Adjective[edit]

minor (not comparable)

  1. (comparative degree of parve) smaller

le minor

  1. the smallest

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

See minuō

Adjective[edit]

minor (comparative of parvus)

  1. comparative of parvus; lesser, inferior, smaller.
  2. vocative masculine singular of minor
  3. vocative feminine singular of minor
  4. accusative neuter singular of minor
  5. vocative neuter singular of minor
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Third declension, comparative variant.

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

minor m (genitive minōris); third declension

  1. subordinate
  2. descendants (in plural)
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Third declension.

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From mina (a threat).

Verb[edit]

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.
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   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 minātum īrī
participles mināns minātus minātūrus minandus
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References[edit]

  • (adjective)minor” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • (verb)minor” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.

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Noun[edit]

minor

  1. indefinite plural of mina