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plus or minus

adjective

Definition of plus or minus

  1. :  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>

1926

First Known Use of plus or minus

1926


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plus or minus

adverb

Definition of plus or minus

  1. :  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.>

1849

First Known Use of plus or minus

1849


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