du·​al·​i·​ty | \ dü-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce duality (audio) also dyü- \
plural dualities

Definition of duality

: the quality or state of having two different or opposite parts or elements : dualism That duality—sophistication paired with authenticity on the wine list, simplicity spiced with creativity on the menu—gives Marea energy and distinctive character.— Thomas Matthews Another series from later years consisted of views of New York skyscrapers … which incorporate abstract patterns of light and shadow that express the duality of feeling, the fascination and loathing he had come to feel for the city.— Naomi Rosenblum By the wave/particle duality of quantum mechanics, light can be regarded as both a wave and a particle.— Stephen Hawking also : a difference between two opposite things : a division into two opposite groups : dichotomy For the most part Prince seems to be hoisting himself on the horns of the same duality that inspires most of his song lyrics: spirituality vs. carnality. — David Hiltbrand As my meditation teacher says, "Judgment is a form of violence to yourself as well as others. It creates duality and separates you from others." Yoga Journal

Examples of duality in a Sentence

the duality of human nature They discussed the dualities of the novel's characters.
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First Known Use of duality

1532, in the meaning defined above

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“Duality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duality. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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