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Definitions of plurality

  1. (in an election with more than 2 options) the number of votes for the candidate or party receiving the greatest number (but less that half of the votes) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. the state of being plural; "to mark plurality, one language may add an extra syllable to the word whereas another may simply change the vowel in the existing final syllable" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. See Plurality of benefices, below. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. See of benefices, below. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The majority; the greatest of three or more numbers; in politics, the excess of votes over those for any other candidate for an office. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. The state of being plural. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. The state of being plural: a number consisting of more than one: the majority. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. State of being many; that which is greater than any other, of several numbers, but less than half the aggregate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The larger portion or greater number. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Polit. The greatest of more than two numbers when less than a majority; also, the excess of one such number over the next highest number. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. The state of being plural; a number of more than one; the greater number; pluralism. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. State of being or having a greater number; a number consisting of more than one; a majority over others, as of votes; more than one benefice held by the same clergyman. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for plurality

  1. Before concluding any thing favourable to the plurality of queens, it was necessary to ascertain whether the native queen was living when the new one was introduced into the hive: however the author neglected this; and it is very probable the hive had lost its queen, since the bees were languid, and the presence of a stranger restored their activity. – New observations on the natural history of bees by Francis Huber
  2. Other Worlds than Ours; The Plurality of Worlds Studied under the Light of Recent Scientific Researches. – Roumania Past and Present by James Samuelson
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