plus or minus

adjective

Definition of plus or minus

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: 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

plus or minus

adverb

Definition of plus or minus (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of plus or minus in a Sentence

Adverb I have plus or minus five dollars in change.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points. Jennifer Agiesta, CNN, "CNN Poll: Americans are divided on what causes problems in US elections," 30 Apr. 2021 The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence, according to the Wason Center. Washington Post, "CNU poll finds McAuliffe with significant lead in race for Democratic nomination for governor," 22 Apr. 2021 The poll surveyed 1,000 likely U.S. voters between April 5 and 6, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Democrat-controlled Congress unpopular with overwhelming majority of voters: Poll," 18 Apr. 2021 Sacred Heart’s poll, which surveyed 1,000 state residents online and by phone from March 23-31 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, found Lamont continues to get high marks for his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Poll: 31% of Connecticut residents report mental health decline during COVID-19," 14 Apr. 2021 The margin of error was plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, "Americans Are More Optimistic About Their Retirement Savings," 22 Apr. 2021 The survey's margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford ranks with Apple, Amazon, Pfizer in new consumer trust survey," 20 Apr. 2021 The margin of error was plus or minus 5.4 percentage points. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama finishes next-to-last in list of worst US places and, no, Mississippi wasn’t last," 14 Apr. 2021 The poll's margin of sampling error was plus or minus 2 percentage points. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Gallup poll shows largest increase in Democratic Party affiliation in a decade," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of plus or minus

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plus or minus was in 1849

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“Plus or minus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plus%20or%20minus. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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