Definition of multiplicity
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
a multiplicity of suggestions for turning the company around
Shakespeare's works seem to encompass the full multiplicity of human experience.
Recent Examples of multiplicity from the Web
One of the most striking things about Ada County’s new emergency dispatch center is the multiplicity of screens that ring the walls of the room.
HETEROGLOSSIA: the idea of a multiplicity of languages all in operation in a culture.
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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
MULTIPLICITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of multiplicity for English Language Learners
: a very large number
Medical Definition of multiplicity
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
Legal Definition of multiplicity
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 : a great number joinder is allowed to avoid a multiplicity of actions
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