Plurality opinion (English, noun)

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Description of origin, manner, or change of usage A plurality opinion is an appellate opinion without enough judges' votes to constitute a majority of the court. The plurality opinion is the opinion that received the greatest number of votes of any of the opinions filed.

Because a majority could not reach a common view, a plurality opinion is not binding. It has precedential value in terms of the ruling. However, the rationale may be referred to in subsequent cases, but it does not have the same precedential authority as an opinion written by a majority of the Court.

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Definition [A]n opinion with which a majority of the judges on the court concur in result but not in reasoning.
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Source of definition online The Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, s.v. "opinion,” accessed November 17, 2019, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opinion#legalDictionary
Significant terms and phrases opinion, majority, judge, court, concur, result, reason, reasoning, plurality

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[A]n opinion with which a majority of the judges on the court concur in result but not in reasoning. +
A plurality opinion is an appellate opinioA plurality opinion is an appellate opinion without enough judges' votes to constitute a majority of the court. The plurality opinion is the opinion that received the greatest number of votes of any of the opinions filed. Because a majority could not reach a common view, a plurality opinion is not binding. It has precedential value in terms of the ruling. However, the rationale may be referred to in subsequent cases, but it does not have the same precedential authority as an opinion written by a majority of the Court.pinion written by a majority of the Court. +
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"Glossary: U.S. v. Alvarez," United States Courts, accessed March 27, 2020, https://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/glossary-us-v-alvarez +  and The Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, s.v. "opinion,” accessed November 17, 2019, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opinion#legalDictionary +
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