a majority of 500

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  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    In BrE, it means the winner got 500 more votes than their nearest opponent. In your example, there could have been any number of other candidates who each got less than 2,000 votes.
     

    Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    Note the very important difference between the meanings of "majority" in these two sentences.

    The parliamentary bill was passed with a majority of 13. (i.e. 13 more MPs voted "yes" than those who didn't.)

    The majority of MPs need more physical exercise. (Here, "majority" simply means "most".)
     
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