- When you tack an "s" onto the end of words to denote that there are multiple items (such asbooks instead ofbook), then adding an s is an example of a symbol of plurality.
- When you have 20 dogs and cats in your home, this is an example of a time when you have a plurality of animals.
- When there are three candidates for president and one gets 30 votes and each of the other two get 29 each, then this is an example of a plurality of one.
Plurality is defined as the state of having multiple things, or a large group of people or things, or to the number of votes that a winning candidate receives over the next highest candidate.
- the condition of being plural or numerous
- a great number; multitude
- the holding of two or more church benefices at the same time
- any of the benefices so held
- : if candidate A gets 65 votes, B gets 40, and C gets 35, then A has a plurality of 25
- the share of votes that the leading candidate, issue, etc. receives in an election, when that share does not exceed one half
- the number of such votes that the leading candidate, etc. obtains over the next highest candidate, etc.
- majority (sense )
Origin of pluralityMiddle English pluralite from Middle French pluralité from Late Latin pluralitas
- The state or fact of being plural.
- A large number or amount; a multitude.
- Ecclesiastical a. Pluralism.b. The offices or benefices held by a pluralist.
- a. In a contest of more than two choices, the number of votes cast for the winning choice if this number is not more than one half of the total votes cast.b. The number by which the vote of the winning choice in such a contest exceeds that of the closest opponent.
- The larger or greater part.
(countable and uncountable, plural pluralities)
- (uncountable) The state of being plural.
- (ecclesiastical) The holding of multiple benefices.
- (countable) A state of being numerous.
- (countable) A number of votes for a single candidate or position which is greater than the number of votes gained by any other single candidate or position voted for, but which is less than a majority of valid votes cast.
- (countable) A margin by which a number exceeds another number, especially of votes.
- (countable) A group of many entities: a large number.
- A plurality of ideas were put forth at the meeting, most of which were rejected out of hand.
- (countable) A group composed of more than one entity.
- (of spouses) polygamy.
Middle English, from Old French pluralitÃ© (“multitude, state of being plural"), from Latin plÅ«rÄlitÄs.