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A hand of bridge has 13 tricks, and one can win between 0 and 13 tricks in a hand.

Between 0 and 6 tricks would constitute a minority of tricks, with 6 being the largest possible (discrete) minority. Seven tricks would be a majority.

So bidding systems are built on a base of six tricks. That is a bid of "one heart" really means "seven tricks, with hearts as trumps."

Is there a term, such as "superminority," that would refer to this base of six tricks as the "largest possible minority."

  • You may try here: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/bridge – ermanen Mar 24 '14 at 16:59
  • Looks like you already know there :) Are we trying to find a term in bridge or a general term that can be applied to anything? – ermanen Mar 24 '14 at 17:00
  • @ermanen:"Anything." I almost cited the example of 49 out of 100 Senators, or 217 out of 435 Congress people. – Tom Au Mar 24 '14 at 17:04
  • Close but no cigar. – Canis Lupus Mar 24 '14 at 17:13
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    In these circumstances, wouldn't the word for the largest possible minority be 'six'? – DJClayworth Mar 24 '14 at 18:09
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The word you're looking could be plurality.

From Wikipedia: " In other words, in an election contested by more than two candidates, plurality occurs when one candidate receives the most votes but not necessarily more than half of the votes".

From my own personal experience, plurality is only used as a deliberate contrast with a majority, or to single out the largest minority.

  • A plurality only works if you have three catgories, as it means the largest total in the election, but still less than 50 percent. This question is about 2 candidate contests, and getting just over 50 percent to win the game. The N+1 they bid for is to get a majority. – Oldcat Mar 24 '14 at 18:00

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