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pluh ra li tee

  • n  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
  • n  a large indefinite number
    a plurality of religions
  • n  (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)

  • By contrast, Mecham squeaked into office with only 344,000 votes, a 40% plurality in a three-way race that split the Democratic vote.
  • A slight plurality, 39%-36%, believe Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign.
  • There was some good news for the economy 58 percent feel economic conditions are "fairly good," and a plurality of 43 percent thought things would get even better in the next .
News & Articles

  • Name Debated for Unnamed Park in Downtown Davenport
    A plurality of residents like the name Market Square, but commissioners aren't ready to commit to that name for the unnamed downtown park on Bay Street.
    June 13, 2013 - The Lakeland Ledger
  • Poll: Murders make community feel unsafe
    It was a close vote, but a plurality of respondents to our latest online poll said the most recent murder in Mankato has had an impact on their sense of safety.
    June 12, 2013 - Mankato Free Press
  • N.J. among most online-connected states
    The Census Bureau says a plurality of Americans access the Internet from multiple devices. The second-most-common position on its connectivity spectrum was the 15.9 percent who didn't use a computer or the Internet at all.
    June 10, 2013 -

  • Walter Salles in International Herald Tribune
    Preserving films is preserving cultural identity,said Brazil's Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries"), a board member. "We're talking here about preserving diversity and plurality, and the possibility to know one each other better."
  • Barack Obama in Washington Post
    I heard this when I was running for the US Senate,said Obama. "Illinois is 12 percent African-American, it's not a majority African-American state or even a substantial plurality African-American state."
  • Anthony Kennedy in Washington Post
    Parts of the opinion by the Chief Justice imply an all-too-unyielding insistence that race cannot be a factor in instances when, in my view, it may be taken into account,Kennedy wrote. "The plurality opinion is too dismissive of the...

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