Definition of plurality
1a : the state of being pluralb : the state of being numerousc : a large number or quantity
3a : a number greater than anotherb : an excess of votes over those cast for an opposing candidatec : a number of votes cast for a candidate in a contest of more than two candidates that is greater than the number cast for any other candidate but not more than half the total votes cast
Recent Examples of plurality from the Web
About 29 percent of the public, a narrow plurality, want to see the Republican plan outright rejected by the Senate, led by 51 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of independents.
According to Maine’s Supreme Court, the system violates a state constitutional rule that winners only need the most votes — a plurality — and not a majority.
But a plurality of voters still trust Republicans over Democrats on issues of taxation.
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First Known Use of plurality
PLURALITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plurality for English Language Learners
: a usually large number of things
: a number of votes that is more than the number of votes for any other candidate or party but that is not more than half of the total number of votes
grammar : the state of being plural
Legal Definition of plurality
: an amount or group (as of votes) that is greater than any other amount or group within a total but that is not more than half; especially : a group of justices on an appeals court who do not form a majority but with whose opinion enough other justices concur to render it the decision of the court — see also plurality opinion at opinion — compare majority
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