Plurality - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |plʊˈræləti|  American pronunciation of the word plurality
Brit.  |plʊəˈralɪti|  British pronunciation of the word plurality

noun

- 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

- a large indefinite number(syn: battalion, multitude, pack)

a plurality of religions

- (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)

Examples

The Democrats won only a plurality of the votes cast.

the plurality of factors affecting the election

He had a thousand plurality and was elected President.

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

Word forms

noun
singular: plurality
plural: pluralities
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