noun, plural plu·ral·i·ties.
- the holding by one person of two or more benefices at the same time; pluralism.
- any of the benefices so held.
Origin of plurality
Examples from the Web for plurality
Even on the eve of its passage, at least a plurality said they opposed the law.After Four Years and Millions of Sign-Ups, Obamacare Is Still Unpopular|Kristen Soltis Anderson|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Southerners refused to suspend the House rules to elect the speaker with a plurality.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party|Jack Schwartz|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Never mind Hernandez's meager 34 percent plurality in the fiercely battled contest.Honduras Presidential Election Passes Over Chavez Loyalists|Mac Margolis|November 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This is a far cry from 2006, where—at most—she had support from a plurality of Democrats.There’s Absolutely No Chance Elizabeth Warren Beats Hillary Clinton|Jamelle Bouie|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The last time women cast a plurality for the Republican presidential nominee was in 1988.Hillary Clinton Vs. the GOP Boys’ Club: Fighting for the Female Vote|Lloyd Green|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
With the plurality of persons the truth of the want vanishes, and personality becomes a mere luxury of the imagination.The Essence of Christianity|Ludwig Feuerbach
He had been reelected to Congress by a plurality of over 1700 votes over his Whig opponent.Children of the Market Place|Edgar Lee Masters
Plurality which is not reduced to unity is confusion; unity which does not depend on plurality is tyranny.Pascal's Penses|Blaise Pascal
But all this has been left unnoticed by those who have argued in support of the Brewsterian doctrine of a plurality of worlds.Myths and Marvels of Astronomy|Richard A. Proctor
They have Sildom more than one wife, yet plurality of wives are not denyed them by their Customs.The Journals of Lewis and Clark|Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
British Dictionary definitions for plurality
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for plurality
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.