What does the word plurality mean?

Usage examples for plurality

  1. The present system of naming electors increases the chances of electing Presidents who have received less than a majority of the popular vote, and it is even possible to elect a President who has received less than a plurality of votes, which has happened in two instances- the election of Hayes and Benjamin Harrison. – A History of the Republican Party by George Washington Platt
  2. In 1882, his party wanted a reform candidate for governor, and they naturally turned to Cleveland, and he was elected by a plurality of two hundred thousand. – American Men of Action by Burton E. Stevenson
  3. A plurality of wives is absolutely forbidden. – The Women of the Arabs by Henry Harris Jessup