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plurality -- as in: candidate had a plurality
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  • Precisely at the same hour in which Mehring and Langner were being done to death, the overwhelming plurality of human beings, two miles away on the Polish farms, five thousand miles away in New York, were sleeping or eating or going to a film or making love or worrying about the dentist.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Whatever portable plurality she found, she organized into neat lines, according to their size, shape, or gradations of color.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The balance all went for actual votes, and on a day of Democratic landslides they elected "Scotty" Doyle, the ex-tenpin setter, by nearly a thousand plurality—and beginning at five o’clock in the afternoon, and ending at three the next morning, Jurgis treated himself to a most unholy and horrible "jag."
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He had bound the might of units, only to find that it was assumed by pluralities.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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  • And yet still further pondering—while I jerked him now and then from between the whale and ship, which would threaten to jam him—still further pondering, I say, I saw that this situation of mine was the precise situation of every mortal that breathes; only, in most cases, he, one way or other, has this Siamese connexion with a plurality of other mortals.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ——Your objection to pluralities is being righteous over-much.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • " ’Not without regard to the import of the word as conveying unity or plurality of idea’—tell me again what that means, Ben."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Mrs Squeers, when excited, was accustomed to use strong language, and, moreover, to make use of a plurality of epithets, some of which were of a figurative kind, as the word peacock, and furthermore the allusion to Nicholas’s nose, which was not intended to be taken in its literal sense, but rather to bear a latitude of construction according to the fancy of the hearers.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But of Sam-he did the same thing-compounding this plurality of heresies-burying the true Word even deeper ….
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • It will be no alleviation, that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers

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  • An Actor May Be Many Men Made One By Plurality Of Voyces.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Plurality Hides Faults, Responsibility
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • But the plurality of the paranormal dictates it.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • As far, however, as it teaches any thing, it teaches us not to be enamoured of plurality in the Executive.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • CHAPTER XX OF DOMINION PATERNALL AND DESPOTICALL A Common-wealth by Acquisition, is that, where the Soveraign Power is acquired by Force; And it is acquired by force, when men singly, or many together by plurality of voyces, for fear of death, or bonds, do authorise all the actions of that Man, or Assembly, that hath their lives and liberty in his Power.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But it gives us no specimens of any peculiar advantages derived to the state from the circumstance of the plurality of those magistrates.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Maryland approaches more nearly to New York, as does also Virginia, except that the latter has a plurality of chancellors.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • In the conduct of war, in which the energy of the Executive is the bulwark of the national security, every thing would be to be apprehended from its plurality.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • For Person being a relative to a Representer, it is consequent to plurality of Representers, that there bee a plurality of Persons, though of one and the same Substance.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • For Person being a relative to a Representer, it is consequent to plurality of Representers, that there bee a plurality of Persons, though of one and the same Substance.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But one of the weightiest objections to a plurality in the Executive, and which lies as much against the last as the first plan, is, that it tends to conceal faults and destroy responsibility.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • If they should unfortunately assail the supreme executive magistracy of a country, consisting of a plurality of persons, they might impede or frustrate the most important measures of the government, in the most critical emergencies of the state.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • If, in addition to the consideration of a plurality of civil lists, we take into view the number of persons who must necessarily be employed to guard the inland communication between the different confederacies against illicit trade, and who in time will infallibly spring up out of the necessities of revenue; and if we also take into view the military establishments which it has been shown would unavoidably result from the jealousies and conflicts of the several nations into which the…
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But quitting the dim light of historical research, attaching ourselves purely to the dictates of reason and good sense, we shall discover much greater cause to reject than to approve the idea of plurality in the Executive, under any modification whatever.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …as that by their owne industrie, and by the fruites of the Earth, they may nourish themselves and live contentedly; is, to conferre all their power and strength upon one Man, or upon one Assembly of men, that may reduce all their Wills, by plurality of voices, unto one Will: which is as much as to say, to appoint one man, or Assembly of men, to beare their Person; and every one to owne, and acknowledge himselfe to be Author of whatsoever he that so beareth their Person, shall Act, or…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But he that is carried up and down to his businesse in a framed Counsell, which cannot move but by the plurality of consenting opinions, the execution whereof is commonly (out of envy, or interest) retarded by the part dissenting, does it worst of all, and like one that is carried to the ball, though by good Players, yet in a Wheele-barrough, or other frame, heavy of it self, and retarded also by the inconcurrent judgements, and endeavours of them that drive it; and so much the more,…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It must be confessed that these observations apply with principal weight to the first case supposed that is, to a plurality of magistrates of equal dignity and authority a scheme, the advocates for which are not likely to form a numerous sect; but they apply, though not with equal, yet with considerable weight to the project of a council, whose concurrence is made constitutionally necessary to the operations of the ostensible Executive.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is evident from these considerations, that the plurality of the Executive tends to deprive the people of the two greatest securities they can have for the faithful exercise of any delegated power, first, the restraints of public opinion, which lose their efficacy, as well on account of the division of the censure attendant on bad measures among a number, as on account of the uncertainty on whom it ought to fall; and, secondly, the opportunity of discovering with facility and…
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …of suffrages; and (because the ordinary way of distinguishing the Affirmative Votes from the Negatives, was by Holding up of Hands) to ordain an Officer in any of the Cities, was no more but to bring the people together, to elect them by plurality of Votes, whether it were by plurality of elevated hands, or by plurality of voices, or plurality of balls, or beans, or small stones, of which every man cast in one, into a vessell marked for the Affirmative, or Negative; for divers Cities…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Now it is well enough known, that in all those Cities, the manner of choosing Magistrates, and Officers, was by plurality of suffrages; and (because the ordinary way of distinguishing the Affirmative Votes from the Negatives, was by Holding up of Hands) to ordain an Officer in any of the Cities, was no more but to bring the people together, to elect them by plurality of Votes, whether it were by plurality of elevated hands, or by plurality of voices, or plurality of balls, or beans, or…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • ) "ina katasteses kata polin presbuterous," "For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest constitute Elders in every City," we are to understand the same thing; namely, that hee should call the faithfull together, and ordain them Presbyters by plurality of suffrages.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It had been a strange thing, if in a Town, where men perhaps had never seen any Magistrate otherwise chosen then by an Assembly, those of the Town becomming Christians, should so much as have thought on any other way of Election of their Teachers, and Guides, that is to say, of their Presbyters, (otherwise called Bishops,) then this of plurality of suffrages, intimated by S. Paul (Acts 14.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • …way of distinguishing the Affirmative Votes from the Negatives, was by Holding up of Hands) to ordain an Officer in any of the Cities, was no more but to bring the people together, to elect them by plurality of Votes, whether it were by plurality of elevated hands, or by plurality of voices, or plurality of balls, or beans, or small stones, of which every man cast in one, into a vessell marked for the Affirmative, or Negative; for divers Cities had divers customes in that point.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • …way of distinguishing the Affirmative Votes from the Negatives, was by Holding up of Hands) to ordain an Officer in any of the Cities, was no more but to bring the people together, to elect them by plurality of Votes, whether it were by plurality of elevated hands, or by plurality of voices, or plurality of balls, or beans, or small stones, of which every man cast in one, into a vessell marked for the Affirmative, or Negative; for divers Cities had divers customes in that point.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • …way of distinguishing the Affirmative Votes from the Negatives, was by Holding up of Hands) to ordain an Officer in any of the Cities, was no more but to bring the people together, to elect them by plurality of Votes, whether it were by plurality of elevated hands, or by plurality of voices, or plurality of balls, or beans, or small stones, of which every man cast in one, into a vessell marked for the Affirmative, or Negative; for divers Cities had divers customes in that point.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The Court plurality agreed that a U.S. citizen could be initially detained under the AUMF [Authorization for Use of Military Force].
    Robert A. Levy  --  Wartime Executive Power and the NSA’s Surveillance Authority II  --  http://www.cato.org/testimony/ct-rl022006.html(retrieved 06/28/06)
  • In most Western nations, such as the United States of America, Israel, Canada, United Kingdom, Argentina and South Africa, a wide variety of Jewish practices exist, along with a growing plurality of secular and non-practicing Jews.
    Judaism - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism(retrieved 05/20/06)
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