multiplicity

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

Definition of multiplicity

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

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Origin and Etymology of multiplicity

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

multiplicity Synonyms

Synonyms
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, lot, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
Antonyms
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

MULTIPLICITY Defined for English Language Learners

multiplicity

noun

Definition of multiplicity for English Language Learners

  • : a very large number


Medical Dictionary

multiplicity

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

medical Definition of multiplicity

plural multiplicities
1 :the quality or state of being multiple or various
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

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

legal Definition of multiplicity

plural multiplicities
1 a :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
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 :a great number
  • joinder is allowed to avoid a multiplicity of actions


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