mul·​ti·​po·​lar | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce multipolar (audio) , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multipolar

1 : having several poles (see pole entry 3) a multipolar generator multipolar mitoses
2 : having several dendrites multipolar neurons
3 : characterized by more than two centers of power or interest a multipolar world

Other Words from multipolar

multipolarity \ ˌməl-​tē-​pō-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce multipolar (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​tē , -​ˌtī-​ \ noun

Examples of multipolar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under globalization the idea was that democracy would spread out from the democratic countries to the rest of the world, now, in a multipolar, contested world, democracy is simply one of a number of competing models or sets of values. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 27 June 2022 This macro context, and the prosecution of policies such as the change to the Protocol, will relegate the UK well below the super powers of the multipolar world. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 18 June 2022 In a multipolar world no longer dominated by the West, MbZ has found room not only for a city-state to maneuver, but often to get its own way. Andreas Krieg, Time, 3 June 2022 In this multipolar world, very different countries with growing influence are demanding a greater political participation. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 My endpoint is a multipolar world of large regions who ‘do things’ differently. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 14 May 2022 But if the world feels more comfortably multipolar these days, the ripple effects of the fighting in Ukraine are a reminder that globalization quickly links far-flung nations. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 And the idea that the world is no longer Western-centric, and increasingly multipolar, is widespread in the non-Western world. Galip Dalay, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 The space partnership has not been branded as a part of that agreement, but the backdrop — an increasingly contested, multipolar era — remains the same. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of multipolar

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Multipolar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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mul·​ti·​po·​lar | \ ˌməl-ti-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce multipolar (audio) , -ˌtī- How to pronounce multipolar (audio) \

Medical Definition of multipolar

1 : having several poles multipolar mitoses
2 : having several dendrites multipolar nerve cells

Other Words from multipolar

multipolarity \ -​pō-​ˈlar-​ət-​ē How to pronounce multipolar (audio) \ noun, plural multipolarities


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