plus or minus


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


Definition of plus or minus (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for plus or minus

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 Wes Moore and Tom Perez were in second place at 15% and 12%, respectively, in the poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. Baltimore Sun, 6 June 2022 The Morning Consult/Politico poll took place from July 8-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 The poll, conducted by telephone and online May 27 through June 2, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points. Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun, 17 June 2022 Results among Black Americans and Americans overall have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 Pollsters interviewed 1,000 New Yorkers over the phone from May 22 to Wednesday, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. David K. Li, NBC News, 7 June 2022 The poll from Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College holds a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points. Ryan Tarinelli, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2022 The survey of 1,188 people had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Michael Smith,, 28 Mar. 2022 The March 18-22 poll of 1,000 adults had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Tony Czuczka / Bloomberg, Time, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of plus or minus


1926, in the meaning defined above


1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Plus or minus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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