plurality

noun
plu·​ral·​i·​ty | \ plu̇-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce plurality (audio) \
plural pluralities

Definition of plurality

1a : the state of being plural
b : the state of being numerous
c : a large number or quantity
2 : pluralism sense 1 also : a benefice held by pluralism
3a : 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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Scotland had traditionally been a Labour Party stronghold, but the Scottish National Party (S.N.P.) rose to prominence in the young Scottish Parliament, winning a plurality of seats in 2007 and a majority in 2011. Rebecca Nathanson, Harper's magazine, "English Referendums and Scotch Voters," 19 June 2019 These numbers are from the National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar, who referred to a 2016 Pew survey that found just 27% of African American Democrats identify as liberal, and a plurality describe themselves as moderate. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: To beat Trump, Democrats must practice a politics of modesty," 16 June 2019 These numbers are from the National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar, who referred to a 2016 Pew survey that found just 27% of African American Democrats identify as liberal, and a plurality describe themselves as moderate. George F. Will, The Mercury News, "Will: Democrats must focus on practicality and a sure winner in 2020," 15 June 2019 The Mubarak-era courts became a frequent source of opposition: judges dissolved parliament, in which the Brotherhood held a plurality, and repeatedly blocked Mr Morsi’s efforts to schedule a new election. The Economist, "Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s only democratic ruler, dies in court," 17 June 2019 Some of that plurality surely resent the idea of reparations for slavery as a badge of an irremediable damage. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: To beat Trump, Democrats must practice a politics of modesty," 16 June 2019 Some of that plurality surely resent the idea of reparations for slavery as a badge of an irremediable damage. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: To beat Trump, Democrats must practice a politics of modesty," 16 June 2019 Some of that plurality surely resent the idea of reparations for slavery as a badge of an irremediable damage. George F. Will, The Mercury News, "Will: Democrats must focus on practicality and a sure winner in 2020," 15 June 2019 This plurality of Native women’s voices was essential to the curation process. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the First Major Museum Exhibition Celebrating Native Women Artists," 31 May 2019

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First Known Use of plurality

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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plurality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plurality

formal : a usually large number of things
chiefly US, technical : 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

plurality

noun
plu·​ral·​i·​ty | \ plu̇-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce plurality (audio) \
plural pluralities

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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