Legal Definition and Related Resources of Major

Meaning of Major

One who is of full legal age. A militar officer . As an adjective, denotes a thing of significance or importance.

Major Alternative Definition

One who has attained his full age, ‘ and has acquired all his civil rights ; one who is no longer a minor; an adult. In Military Law. The officer next in rank above a captain.

Synonyms of Major


  • big
  • chief
  • comprehensive
  • consequential
  • considerable
  • crucial
  • decisive
  • distinguished
  • enormous
  • essential
  • extensive
  • extraordinary
  • farreaching
  • fateful
  • goodly
  • grave
  • great
  • highlevel
  • important
  • imposing
  • impressive
  • intense
  • key
  • large
  • leading
  • massive
  • matchless
  • material
  • memorable
  • meritorious
  • moderately large
  • momentous
  • notable
  • noteworthy
  • outstanding
  • paramount
  • ponderous
  • pressing
  • prime
  • principal
  • remarkable
  • serious
  • significant
  • sizable
  • sober
  • solemn
  • substantial
  • supreme
  • top
  • toplevel
  • tremendous
  • unparalleled
  • vital
  • weighty
  • worthy of consideration
  • worthy of remark

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Concept of “Major”

Traditional meaning of major in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) Greater. Major haereditas venit unicuique nostrum a jure et legibus quam a parentibus: a greater legacy comes to every one of us from right and the law than from our parents. Majora regalia: the higher royal prerogatives. Majorae summae minor in est: the greater sum includes the lesser. Majus (lignum, etc.: see Magis. Ma jus jus: more right.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Major”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

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