Population vs Minority – What’s the difference?

Population vs Minority - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between population and minority is that population is population while minority is the state of being a minor; youth, the period of a person’s life prior to reaching adulthood.




(en noun )

  • The people living within a political or geographical boundary.
  • By extension, the people with a given characteristic.
  • A count of the number of residents within a political or geographical boundary such as a town, a nation or the world.
  • (biology) A collection of organisms of a particular species, sharing a particular characteristic of interest, most often that of living in a given area.
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  • (statistics) A group of units (persons, objects, or other items) enumerated in a census or from which a sample is drawn.
  • * 1883 , (Francis Galton) et al., Final Report of the Anthropometric Committee , Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, p. 269.
  • it is possible it [the Anglo-Saxon race] might stand second to the Scandinavian countries [in average height] if a fair sample of their population were obtained.
  • (computing) The act of filling initially empty items in a collection.
  • minority




  • The state of being a minor; youth, the period of a person’s life prior to reaching adulthood.
  • * 2011 , (Norman Davies), Vanished Kingdoms , Penguin 2012, p. 117:
  • She also played a key role as dowager-regent during the minority of her son.
  • Any subgroup that does not form a numerical majority.
  • Most people agreed, but a sizable minority were upset by the decision.
  • Empowered by or representing a minority (usually a plurality) of votes cast, legislative seats, etc., rather than an outright majority thereof.
  • (US) A member of an ethnic minority.
  • The company claims it has hired several minorities since the complaint was lodged.


    * (youth) childhood


    * (subgroup) majority
    * (youth) adulthood

    Derived terms

    * majority-minority
    * minority government
    * minority group
    * minority leader
    * minority report
    * minority rule