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plu·ral·i·ty

 (plo͝o-răl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. plu·ral·i·ties
1. The state or fact of being plural.
2. A large number or amount; a multitude.
3. Ecclesiastical
a. Pluralism.
b. The offices or benefices held by a pluralist.
4.
a. In a contest of more than two choices, the number of votes cast for the winning choice if this number is not more than one half of the total votes cast.
b. The number by which the vote of the winning choice in such a contest exceeds that of the closest opponent.
5. The larger or greater part.

plurality

(plʊəˈrælɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state of being plural or numerous
2. (Mathematics) maths a number greater than one
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US and 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. (Ecclesiastical Terms) another word for pluralism1

plu•ral•i•ty

(plʊˈræl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. (in an election involving three or more candidates) the excess of votes received by the leading candidate over those received by the next candidate (disting. from majority).
2. more than half of the whole; the majority.
3. a number greater than one.
4. the fact of being numerous.
5. a large number; multitude.
6. the state or fact of being plural.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plurality - 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"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
2.plurality - a large indefinite numberplurality - a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
3.plurality - (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)
election - a vote to select the winner of a position or political office; "the results of the election will be announced tonight"
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose

plurality

noun multiplicity, variety, diversity, profusion, numerousness Federalism implies a plurality of political authorities.
Translations

plurality

[ˌplʊəˈrælɪtɪ] Npluralidad f
by a plurality of votespor mayoría (simple) de votos

plurality

n
Vielfalt f, → Mannigfaltigkeit f; (Sociol) → Pluralität f
(US Pol) → (Stimmen)vorsprung m
References in classic literature ?
objection to pluralities is being righteous over-much.
Next follow two arguments in favor of the simple answer, namely that it is intrinsically plausible and that any alternative answer is committed to an arbitrary line between pluralities that do and do not form sets.
Sanitary Napkin Having Pluralities of Projections and Elastic Members: No.