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plurality

[ploo-ral-i-tee] /plʊˈræl ɪ ti/
noun, plural pluralities.
1.
the excess of votes received by the leading candidate, in an election in which there are three or more candidates, over those received by the next candidate (distinguished from majority).
2.
more than half of the whole; the majority.
3.
a number greater than one.
4.
fact of being numerous.
5.
a large number; multitude.
6.
state or fact of being plural.
7.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. the holding by one person of two or more benefices at the same time; pluralism.
  2. any of the benefices so held.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English pluralite < Old French < Late Latin plūrālitās. See plural, -ity
Related forms
nonplurality, noun, plural nonpluralities.
Can be confused
majority, plurality (see synonym study at majority)
Synonyms
1. See majority.
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plurality

/plʊəˈrælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state of being plural or numerous
2.
(maths) a number greater than one
3.
(US & Canadian) the excess of votes or seats won by the winner of an election over the runner-up when no candidate or party has more than 50 per cent British equivalent relative majority
4.
a large number
5.
the greater number; majority
6.
another word for pluralism (sense 1)
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