Definition of “plurality” - English Dictionary

“plurality” in British English

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uk /plʊəˈræl.ə.ti/ us /plʊˈræl.ə.t̬i/

plurality noun (DIFFERENT)

[ C usually sing ] formal a large number of different types of something:

There was a marked plurality of opinions/views among the people attending the meeting.
have/win a plurality specialized

to receive more votes in an election than any other person or party, but not more than the total number of votes that the other people or parties have received:

He won a 48 percent plurality of the vote rather than an outright majority.

[ C usually singular, S ] specialized politics the part of a group of people voting that is the largest part, but not larger than the total number of other people voting:

A plurality of the population voted for change.

(Definition of “plurality” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“plurality” in American English

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pluralitynoun [ C/U ]

us /plʊˈræl·ɪ·t̬i/

social studies (in elections involving three or more people) the difference between the number of votes received by the person who won and the number received by the person who is second, or a number of votes or places in a legislature that is more than any other party has but less than half the total number:

[ C ] Jenson won by a plurality of 2000 votes over her nearest rival.

(Definition of “plurality” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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