plu·ral·i·ty /plu̇-'ra-lə-tē/ n pl -ties: an amount or group (as of votes) that is greater than any other amount or group within a total but that is not more than half; esp: a group of justices on an appeals court who do not form a majority but with whose opinion enough other justices concur to render it the decision of the court see also plurality opinion at opinion compare majority

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun advantage in votes cast, bulk, great number, host, large amount, large number, large quantity, lead, main part, majority, multitude, multitude*, preponderance, preponderancy, shoal, superiority in number, weight of numbers associated concepts: majority, quorum II index majority (greater part), mass (body of persons), multiplicity, preponderance

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) In voting for more than two candidates, the number of votes for the candidate who wins more than any other but does not receive a majority.
(2) On an appellate court with a panel of judges, an opinion joined by the greatest number of judges without being a majority; i.e., on a panel of nine judges, if four judges agree on an opinion, two judges agree with the result but not the reasoning, and three dissent, the opinion with four judges is a plurality.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

The opinion of an appellate court in which more justices join than in any concurring opinion.
The excess of votes cast for one candidate over those votes cast for any other candidate.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The opinion of an appellate court in which more justices join than in any concurring opinion.
The excess of votes cast for one candidate over those votes cast for any other candidate.

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