A plus is an “advantage” or an “asset.” You might look silly walking around with flippers all day, but if you lived underwater, they would definitely be a plus.

In Latin, the route plus means “more.” The word plus in English can have many senses, all relating to this idea of more, addition, or positive. This noun sense of the word means “a positive quality.” In the same way a number above zero on a number line is positive, and can use a plus sign, a plus is "a positive asset," like a superhero’s ability to fly or a spy’s ability to speak several languages.

Definitions of plus
  1. adjective
    on the positive side or higher end of a scale
    “a plus value”
    “temperature of plus 5 degrees”
    “a grade of C plus
    either positive or zero
    greater than zero
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    on the negative side or lower end of a scale
    less than zero
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  2. adjective
    involving advantage or good
    “a plus (or positive) factor”
    synonyms: positive
    giving an advantage
  3. noun
    the arithmetic operation of summing; calculating the sum of two or more numbers
    “four plus three equals seven”
    synonyms: addition, summation
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    arithmetic operation
    a mathematical operation involving numbers
  4. noun
    a useful or valuable quality
    synonyms: asset
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    the quality of being something that holds you back
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    a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
    advantage, vantage
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
    forte, long suit, metier, speciality, specialty, strength, strong point, strong suit
    an asset of special worth or utility
    aid, assistance, help
    a resource
    recourse, refuge, resort
    something or someone turned to for assistance or security
    the quality of being able to cope with a difficult situation
    inner resource
    a resource provided by the mind or one's personal capabilities
    favor, favour
    an advantage to the benefit of someone or something
    strategic advantage; power to act effectively
    advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
    homecourt advantage
    the advantage of playing on your home court in front of fans who are rooting for you
    an advantage held by a competitor in a race
    clout, pull
    special advantage or influence
    head start, start
    the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)
    gain, profit
    the advantageous quality of being beneficial
    grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
    a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
    expedience, expediency
    the quality of being suited to the end in view
    favorable position, favourable position, superiority
    the quality of being at a competitive advantage
    green fingers, green thumb
    a special ability to make plants grow
    advantageousness, favorableness, favourableness, positiveness, positivity, profitableness
    the quality of being encouraging or promising of a successful outcome
    tax advantage
    an advantage bestowed by legislation that reduces a tax on some preferred activity
    trump, trump card
    a final factor or resource that determines an outcome
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    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
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