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Meaning of PLURALITY

Pronunciation:  plû'ralitee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  (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)

PLURALITY is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: relative majority
 See Also: relative quantity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Plu*ral"i*ty\, n.; pl. {pluralities}. [L. pluralitas:
cf. F. pluralit['e].]
1. 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.

2. 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}.

         Take the plurality of the world, and they are
         neither wise nor good.                --L'Estrange.

3. (Eccl.) See {Plurality of benefices}, below.

{Plurality of benefices} (Eccl.), the possession by one
   clergyman of more than one benefice or living. Each
   benefice thus held is called a plurality. [Eng.]

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