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

plus-minus

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.
For the third quarter, we expect revenue to be approximately $324M, plus or minus 2%, which at the mid-point represents another quarterly record and continued growth year-over-year as well as further outperformance of our served markets.
Tunel staining revealed 16.4 (plus or minus 0.6424) apoptotic cells per high-powered field in the 5-second cryosurgery experiment and 20.6 (plus or minus 0.6424) in the 10-second procedure.
Whether the war on drugs is a plus or minus is heatedly debated.
Provider of computing solutions Intel Corporation (Nasdaq:INTC) announced on Thursday that it now expects second-quarter revenues to be USD13.7bn, plus or minus USD300m, as compared to the previous range of USD13.0bn, plus or minus USD500m.
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.
--On average, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was significantly augmented over baseline in the C-Cure versus control cohort (5.2 plus or minus 0.6 percent versus I plus or minus 0.7 percent, p!!!!0.0l), translating into a 18.1 plus or minus 2.3 percent relative increase in systolic function afforded by cell therapy.
--On average, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was significantly augmented over baseline in the C-Cure versus control cohort (5.2 plus or minus 0.6 percent versus 1 plus or minus 0.7 percent, p!!!0.01), translating into a 18.1 plus or minus 2.3 percent relative increase in systolic function afforded by cell therapy.
Silicon chip manufacturer Intel Corporation (Nasdaq:INTC) on Friday said that it now expects revenues for the third quarter to be USD9.0bn, plus or minus USD200m, as compared with the prior expectations of USD8.5bn, plus or minus USD400m.
In the case of the fasted trial, the mean time to fatigue was 109 plus or minus 12 minutes.
Hubble's principal, or "high-gain," antennas are designed to turn through an angle of plus or minus 93[degrees] in each of their two swivel directions.
Keh-Shew Lu commented, "We expect revenue in the first quarter of 2019 to be approximately $305 million, plus or minus 2.5 percent.
The survey, which used facetoface interviews with 1,800 Filipinos, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.