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multiplicity

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noun mul·ti·plic·i·ty \ˌməl-tə-ˈpli-sə-tē\

Simple Definition of multiplicity

  • : a very large number

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of multiplicity

plural

multiplicities

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being multiple or various b :  the number of components in a system (as a multiplet or a group of energy levels)

  2. 2 :  a great number

  3. 3 :  the number of times a root of an equation or zero of a function occurs when there is more than one root or zero <the multiplicity of x = 2 for the equation (x − 2)3 = 0 is 3>

Examples of multiplicity in a sentence

  1. <a multiplicity of suggestions for turning the company around>

  2. <Shakespeare's works seem to encompass the full multiplicity of human experience.>



Origin and Etymology of multiplicity

Middle English, from Middle French multiplicité, from Late Latin multiplicitat-, multiplicitas, from Latin multiplic-, multiplex


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

multiplicity

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noun mul·ti·plic·i·ty \ˌməl-tə-ˈplis-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of multiplicity

plural

multiplicities

  1. 1:  the quality or state of being multiple or various

  2. 2:  the ratio of the number of infectious particles (as of a bacteriophage) to the number of cells at risk <monolayer cultures…were infected at an effective multiplicity of approximately 100—J. J. Holland>




Law Dictionary

multiplicity

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noun mul·ti·plic·i·ty \ˌməl-tə-ˈpli-sə-tē\

Legal Definition of multiplicity

plural

multiplicities

  1. 1a :  the quality or state of being multiple or various b :  the charging of a single criminal act or offense as multiple separate charges or counts of an indictment or information <multiplicity does not require dismissal of the indictment — W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel> — compare duplicity 2, misjoinder Editor's note: Multiplicity raises the risk of violating the double jeopardy protection against receiving multiple sentences for a single offense. Multiplicity is a defect that can be corrected without dismissal of the case.

  2. 2 :  a great number <joinder is allowed to avoid a multiplicity of actions>





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