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 & Antonyms for plus or minus

Synonyms: Adverb

about, approximately, around, like, more or less, much, near, roughly, say, some

Antonyms: Adverb

exactly, precisely

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Examples of plus or minus in a Sentence

Adverb

I have plus or minus five dollars in change.

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The survey of 600 likely voters, which was conducted Thursday through Saturday, had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "Schuette cancels TV ads in all markets except Detroit," 30 Oct. 2018 The poll was conducted September 8-11, 2018 by telephone (landline and cellphone) with live interviewers among 677 Indiana likely voters and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Republican ahead of incumbent Democrat in Indiana Senate race," 12 Sep. 2018 The survey, conducted with survey-research firm Mercury Analytics, has a margin of error of plus or minus 8 percentage points. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The NFL’s Other Problem: Fake Fans Lobbying for the Blackout," 7 Sep. 2018 The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. Fox News, "AP-NORC Poll: Majority approve of Trump's North Korea effort," 22 June 2018 The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. Fox News, "AP-NORC Poll: Majority approve of Trump's North Korea effort," 22 June 2018 The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus five percentage points. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. Fox News, "AP-NORC Poll: Majority approve of Trump's North Korea effort," 22 June 2018 The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. The Christian Science Monitor, "Poll: Most Americans approve of Trump's handling of North Korea," 21 June 2018

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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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