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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. The state of being plural, or consisting of more than one; a number consisting of two or more of the same kind; as, a plurality of worlds; the plurality of a verb. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The greater number; a majority; also, the greatest of several numbers; in elections, the excess of the votes given for one candidate over those given for another, or for any other, candidate. When there are more than two candidates, the one who receives the plurality of votes may have less than a majority. See Majority. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. See Plurality of benefices, below. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. See of benefices, below. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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.
  9. The state of being plural. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The larger portion or greater number. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. In the law of elections. The excess of the votes cast for one candidate over those cast for any other. Where there are only two candidates, he who receives the greater number of the votes cast is said to have a majority; when there are more than two competitors for the same office, the person who receives the greatest number of votes has a plurality, but he has not a majority unless he receives a greater number of votes than those cast for all his competitors combined. In ecclesiastical law, "plurality" means the holding two, three, or more benefices by the same incumbent; and he is called a "pluralist." Pluralities are now abolished, except In certain cases. 2 Steph. Comm. 601, 692. Plures cohseredes sunt qnasi unum corpus propter unitatem juris quod ha- bent. Co. Litt. 163. Several co-heirs are, as it were, one body, by reason of the unity of right which they possess Plures participes sunt quasi unum corpus, in eo quod unum jus habent. Co. Litt 104. Several parceners are as one body, In that they have one right thelawdictionary.org
  17. State of being plural; large number, multitude; holding of two or more benefices or offices; benefice, office, held with another; majority (of votes &c.). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. In Eccl. Law, the holding of more than one benefice; the holder being a Pluralist. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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