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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLURALITY

That they had any distinct notions of a plurality of husbands or wives, I do not believe.

They have thought that the elements of plurality and unity have not been duly adjusted.

Most of these patents also disclose a plurality of elements or acts.

Art establishes itself on a plurality of levels of interaction.

That a plurality of worlds does not contradict any principle of reason or faith.

He is also very handsome, and so makes up for the plurality of the title.

Mr. Stanton of Tennessee offered this "plurality resolution."

In 1891 he was nominated for Governor of Ohio, and was elected by a plurality of 21,500.

He was re-elected in 1893 by a plurality of more than 80,000.

He tried to control their acceptance of benefices in plurality.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "state of being plural," from Old French pluralite (14c.), from Late Latin pluralitatem (nominative pluralitas), from Latin pluralis (see plural). Meaning "fact of there being many, multitude" is from mid-15c. Church sense of "holding of two or more offices concurrently" is from mid-14c. Meaning "greater number, more than half" is from 1570s but is etymologically improper, perhaps modeled on majority. U.S. sense of "excess of votes over rival candidate(s)," especially when none has an absolute majority, is from 1828.

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