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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 comfortable ahead of the national average. As the report is outside of the plus or minus 2 per cent 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 2oo 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’.
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The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll of Florida had a margin of error of plus-minus 2.
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The Plus-Minus grade policy was adopted by the Faculty Assembly, the Academic Provost, and the Board of Trustees of the College and was implemented in the fall of 2004.
The advent of plus-minus grading had no effect on the average grade earned by students at the college.
Student and Faculty Perceptions of the Impact of Plus-Minus Grading: A Management Department Perspective.
It has a sampling error margin of plus-minus 3 percent for national percentages, plus-minus 4 percent for Balance Luzon, and plus-minus 6 percent for the rest of the areas.
Rated Primary Voltage 415 Volt Plus-Minus - 5 Percent , Rated Secondary Voltage 110 Volt Plus-Minus - 5 Percent , Rated Frequency - 50 C/S.
M B Nominal Thickness : 300 Plus-Minus 30 Microns C Construction: Ends Per Inch : 15.