Definition of plurality:
- See of benefices, below.
- The greater number; a majority; also, the greatest of several numbers; in elections, the excess of the votes given for one candidate over those given for another, or for any other, candidate. When there are more than two candidates, the one who receives the plurality of votes may have less than a majority. See Majority.
- The state of being plural, or consisting of more than one; a number consisting of two or more of the same kind; as, a plurality of worlds; the plurality of a verb.
the great unwashed, people, concourse, casting vote, much, more than half, mass, block vote, ring, all manner of something, case, ballot, ingroup, a good/great deal of something, battalion, masses, adoption, clique, favorable returns, a lot/lots, large number, ballot box, allomorph, majority, face pack, allophone, pile, absolute majority, abstention, multitude, lead, throng, clause, article, camp, adjunct, abundance, antecedent, absentee ballot, relative majority, collocate, coterie, absentee vote, mob, pack, gang, hoi polloi, cleft sentence, accusative, quite a few, aye, inner circle, a load of/loads of something, greater amount.
The grotesque and barbarous manner of representing the manifold powers of nature, or the goddess of nature, by a plurality of heads and hands in one idol, is by no means favourable to the supposition of a refined or superior understanding in the people who adopt them into their religious worship.- "Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton", John Barrow.
- "The United States Since The Civil War", Charles Ramsdell Lingley.
The failure of the French Directory, and from the same cause, seems to have authorized a belief that the form of a plurality, however promising in theory, is impracticable with men constituted with the ordinary passions.- "Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson", Thomas Jefferson.