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
The Electoral College and the Senate — the two allegedly undemocratic elements of the American political system — fail to consistently reflect plurality popular opinion at the national scale because they are also structured to represent the states.
The plurality of affected employees work in sew production, according to the WARN.
And its lawyers will have the Obama administration to thank, since those lawyers pushed for the position a four-justice plurality has now blessed.
At the national level, Democrats won a plurality of the congressional vote in 2012 but, because of the way lines were drawn, failed to win enough seats to take control of the House.
But in the rest of the exurbs beyond the Washington Beltway, Stewart won a plurality of the votes.
And for the second month in a row the survey reported plurality support for impeachment: 47 percent in support to 43 percent who are opposed.
The commission's actions went against a plurality (48 percent) of offshore anglers participating in a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries survey, who preferred a 39-day summer season that included Fridays.
California has become increasingly liberal over the last two decades, with a plurality consistently favoring Democratic presidential candidates.
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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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