plus or minus

plus or minus

1. Indicating a margin above and below a certain level. The margin of error is plus or minus three points, so we're still comfortably ahead of the national average. As the report is outside of the plus or minus 2 percent tolerance threshold, the bank has decided not to go through with the deal.
2. Approximately; roughly. There were maybe 20 people there, plus or minus. You'll need plus or minus 200 feet of cable if you want to reach the other side of the house.
3. With or without. Used especially in reference to medical treatments. Our current go-to treatment is a full course of chemotherapy, plus or minus an antiemetic depending on patient tolerance.
See also: minus, plus


more or less; roughly. South African
1992 Weekend Post He expected ‘plus-minus’ 1000 files would eventually be forwarded for ‘possible prosecution’.

plus or ˈminus

used when the number mentioned may actually be more or less by a particular amount: The margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points.
See also: minus, plus
References in classic literature ?
It is much simpler, and far more likely, to believe that my death is needed--the death of an insignificant atom--in order to fulfil the general harmony of the universe--in order to make even some plus or minus in the sum of existence.
Top Desk Top Section Length 1200Mm 4 Feet Plus Or Minus 5 Mm , Breadth 900 Mm 3 Feet Plus Or Minus 5Mm Height 104 Mm Plus Or Minus 5Mm ,Thickness 18 Mm Plus Or Minus 5 Mm Width Of Each Plank 176 Mm Plus Or Minus 5 Mm Total Number Of Planks: 7 Nos.
Whether the war on drugs is a plus or minus is heatedly debated.
An instructor who issued at least one plus or minus grade in the course each time it was taught between 2006 and 2012 was classified as a Changer for that course.
7bn, plus or minus USD300m, on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.
Reduction of end-systolic volume was 3-times larger in the C-Cure group compared to the control group (from 171 plus or minus 9 to 150 plus or minus 9mL, and from 167 plus or minus 8 to 159 plus or minus 8mL, p=0.
ABC: Clinton 54 percent, Dole 38 percent, Perot 5 percent (848 likely voters; sampling error margin plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The survey, which used facetoface interviews with 1,800 Filipinos, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
As one is aware, a plus or minus adds or subtracts three tenths of a grade point.
Tenders are invited for Pillow Cover, White, Polyester Cotton Blended Khadi Polyvastra , To Is: 13717/1993 Or Latest To Size: Length 59 Plus Or Minus 0.
Gear Box Details - Mounting-Universal,Gear-Heliworm,Output Shaft Rpm-29 Plus Or Minus 5 Percent , Output Shaft Dia-45Mm Plus Or Minus 1 Mm,Overall Base Size Not More Than -279 X 290Mm Plus Or Minus 5Mm, Mounting Hole To Hole - 135 X 150Mm Plus Or Minus 2Mm, Mounting Hole Dia - 18Mm Plus Or Minus 2Mm Out Put Torque Not Less Than 55 Kgm, Efficiency Not Less Than -75 Percent.