plurality

[ploo-ral-i-tee]
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.
a.
the holding by one person of two or more benefices at the same time; pluralism.
b.
any of the benefices so held.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English pluralite < Old French < Late Latin plūrālitās. See plural, -ity

nonplurality, noun, plural nonpluralities.

majority, plurality (see synonym study at majority).


1. See majority.
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plurality (plʊəˈrælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state of being plural or numerous
2.  maths a number greater than one
3.  (US), (Canadian) British equivalent: relative majority 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
4.  a large number
5.  the greater number; majority
6.  another word for pluralism

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Example sentences
But the views of scientists are a critical part of that plurality.
Critics and rivals say that the move would threaten media plurality.
Earlier philosophers pondered the plurality of worlds with less dire
  consequences.
It is a plurality of different things that do not share any one element but
  nevertheless bear a resemblance to one another.
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