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Plurality

plurality

Origin: L. Pluralitas.

1. 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.

2. 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. Take the plurality of the world, and they are neither wise nor good. (L'Estrange)

3. See Plurality of benefices, below. Plurality of benefices, the possession by one clergyman of more than one benefice or living. Each benefice thus held is called a plurality.


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Theories - Origin of Life

... linked to processes occurring along the rest of the speciation continuum. Perhaps the greatest lesson that sticklebacks can reach is the value of plurality in the study of speciation. That is, speciation might often involve multiple and shifting geographic contexts and mechanistic drivers. This ...

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by AstraSequi
Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:41 am
 
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... linked to processes occurring along the rest of the speciation continuum. Perhaps the greatest lesson that sticklebacks can reach is the value of plurality in the study of speciation. That is, speciation might often involve multiple and shifting geographic contexts and mechanistic drivers. This ...

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by scottie
Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:12 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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Buller and the origin of promiscuity among modern humans

... evolution, fast changing environments and so forth.) are taking place. In such a situation, researchers would be well advised to recognize that a plurality of perspectives/theories can account for the same data, and popular journalists should cease presenting some speculative theories to the public ...

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by gruesomehound
Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:30 pm
 
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Topic: Buller and the origin of promiscuity among modern humans
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micro/macro evolution

Evolution, the overarching concept that unifies the biological sciences, in fact embraces a plurality of theories and hypotheses. In evolutionary debates one is apt to hear evolution roughly parceled between the terms "microevolution" and "macroevolution". ...

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by kiekyon
Fri May 05, 2006 3:00 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: micro/macro evolution
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