Majority Opinion

Definition: The majority opinion is an explanation of the reasoning behind the majority decision of a supreme court. In terms of the United States Supreme Court, the majority opinion is written by a justice selected by either the Chief Justice or if he or she is not in the majority then the senior justice who voted with the majority. The Majority Opinion is often cited as precedent in arguments and decisions during other court cases.

Two additional opinions that justices of the US Supreme Court might issue include a Concurring Opinion and a Dissenting Opinion.