"I don't sit around calculating the political pluses and minuses of every word I utter," Daniels said.
Howard Kurtz on the pluses and minuses of potential Mitt running mates after his decisive win in New Hampshire.
For the majority of the art world, the pluses for using apps continue to far outweigh the minuses.
So Silicon Valley is destined to become a technological metropolis and there are pluses and minuses to that.
Life must be studied not from the pluses alone, but from the minuses too.
Only the most expert examiner should limit his record to pluses and minuses.
Peace cannot be reached by the simple addition of pluses and elimination of minuses from life.
late 15c., "with subtraction of," from Latin minus "less," neuter of minor "smaller," from PIE *mi-nu-, suffixed form of root *mei- "small" (cf. Latin minuere "to diminish, reduce, lessen," Greek meion "less, smaller," Old English minsian "to diminish," Sanskrit miyate "diminishes, declines," Russian men'she "less").
Mathematical use in expressions of calculation did not exist in the word in classical Latin and is probably from North Sea medieval commercial usage of Latin plus and minus to indicate surplus or deficiency of weight or measure. Origin of the "minus sign" is disputed.
1650s, from minus (prep.).
A disadvantage: that degree is actually a minus for him (1708+)