Plurality meaning

plo͝o-rălĭ-tē
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The state or fact of being plural.
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A large number or amount; a multitude.
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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.

When you tack an "s" onto the end of words to denote that there are multiple items (such as books instead of book), 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.

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The larger or greater part.
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The condition of being plural or numerous.
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A great number; multitude.
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(uncountable) The state of being plural.
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(ecclesiastical) The holding of multiple benefices.
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(countable) A state of being numerous.
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(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.
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(countable) A margin by which a number exceeds another number, especially of votes.
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(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.

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(countable) A group composed of more than one entity.
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(of spouses) Polygamy.
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Origin of plurality

  • Middle English, from Old French pluralité (“multitude, state of being plural"), from Latin plÅ«rālitās.

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