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pluralityplu‧ral‧i‧ty /plʊˈræləti/ noun (plural pluralities)  1 [countable usually singular] formalLOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNT a large number of different thingsplurality of the plurality of factors affecting the election2 [countable, uncountable] especially American English technicalPPV if one person or party receives a plurality in an election, they receive more votes than any of the other people or parties, but fewer votes than the total number of votes that all the others receive together The Democrats won only a plurality of the votes cast.3 [uncountable] technicalSLG when a noun is plural
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pluralityJohn Wilkins insisted on the distinction between a plurality of worlds within one universe and a plurality of distinct universes.Even the problems posed by a plurality of worlds were negotiable.In order to be elected, a constituency candidate needs only a plurality of the votes cast.The mayor won with a plurality of 12,000 votes, while the other two candidates had 9,000 and 7,000 votes, respectivelyElection by plurality in single-member constituencies is of all methods the simplest.While the typology sets up these principles, only a commentary can be faithful to them and maintain the text's plurality.While coercion may have been appropriate enough before 1945, the plurality of power in a representative system makes it inappropriate thereafter.plurality ofIn the U.S., there is a plurality of religious beliefs.
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