plu·​ral·​i·​ty | \ plu̇-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce plurality (audio) \
plural pluralities

Definition of plurality

1a : the state of being plural
b : the state of being numerous
c : a large number or quantity
2 : pluralism sense 1 also : a benefice held by pluralism
3a : a number greater than another
b : an excess of votes over those cast for an opposing candidate
c : a number of votes cast for a candidate in a contest of more than two candidates that is greater than the number cast for any other candidate but not more than half the total votes cast

Examples of plurality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is to ensure no candidate advances to the general election with only a plurality of their party's vote. Monica Brich, Arkansas Online, 23 June 2022 Views break down along party lines, with most Democrats in support (along with a plurality of independents) and most Republicans opposed. Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, CBS News, 10 Apr. 2022 That means that a new governor could be elected with a simple plurality. Maeve Reston, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 The vast influx and plurality of ethnicity that has arrived over just a few decades is rapidly changing the demographics of a nation. Emiliano Granada, Variety, 13 June 2022 Britt handily grabbed the plurality of votes in the primary Tuesday, unofficially garnering 44.73% of the vote, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s office. Paul Gattis |, al, 25 May 2022 That can sometimes result in a plurality that will propel someone to the general election in a crowded primary race, but isn’t exactly evidence of a resounding victory. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 24 May 2022 One of the most significant changes in Mr. DeSantis’s map was the dismantling of the plurality-Black Fifth Congressional District, which extends from Jacksonville in the east to Tallahassee in the west. Alexa Corse, WSJ, 20 May 2022 But whites would remain a significant plurality even if ethnic identification remains constant — and there's reason to think that won't happen. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of plurality

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Plurality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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plu·​ral·​i·​ty | \ plu̇-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce plurality (audio) \
plural pluralities

Legal Definition of plurality

: an amount or group (as of votes) that is greater than any other amount or group within a total but that is not more than half especially : a group of justices on an appeals court who do not form a majority but with whose opinion enough other justices concur to render it the decision of the court — see also plurality opinion at opinion — compare majority


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