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plus or minus

adjective
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of plus or minus

: indicating a quantity whose algebraically positive and negative values serve to bracket a range of values either alone or when added to and subtracted from a given number
  • measured with an accuracy of plus or minus 3 feet

First Known Use of plus or minus

1926

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plus or minus

adverb

Definition of plus or minus

: more or less, approximately
  • a dance for singles plus or minus age 30

Examples of plus or minus in a Sentence

  1. I have plus or minus five dollars in change.

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First Known Use of plus or minus

1849

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plus or minus Synonyms

Antonyms

exactly, precisely;

Near Antonyms

due, even, just, sharp, smack-dab, squarely;

Phrases

after a fashion, somewhere about, somewhere around;



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