What is a "small minority"? I can see this being argued either way:

  • 1% is a small minority because 1% is a small number.
  • 49% is a small minority because, albeit a minority, it is only barely.
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    I would never call 49% a "small minority" because "small minority" and "barely a minority" are not at all alike. May 21, 2014 at 14:07
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    Your issue is interesting, but mainly based on personal opinions!
    – user66974
    May 21, 2014 at 14:08
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    What you talking about Willis. May 21, 2014 at 14:10
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    Wait. Did no one get my joke or was it not funny? Discuss. May 21, 2014 at 21:07
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    @njboot - Gary Coleman quote... He was a small minority! May 21, 2014 at 21:14

2 Answers 2


A "small minority" would describe 1%.

A "bare minority" or "slim minority" would describe 49%.


A 'small minority' is often used in the context of a matter to indicate political, vocal organization, and strength

A vocal minority expresses their POV -as opposed to the silent majority who do not express their opinions publicly

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