plurality

noun plu·ral·i·ty \ plu̇-ˈra-lə-tē \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of plurality

plural pluralities
1 a : the state of being plural
b : the state of being numerous
c : a large number or quantity
2 : pluralism 1; also : a benefice held by pluralism
3 a : a number greater than another
b : an excess of votes over those cast for an opposing candidate
c : 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

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First Known Use of plurality

14th century

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PLURALITY Defined for English Language Learners

plurality

noun

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


Law Dictionary

plurality

noun plu·ral·i·ty \ plu̇-ˈra-lə-tē \

legal Definition of plurality

plural pluralities
: 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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