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

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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 This is a self-defeating ambition in a multipolar world, though there are a few hopeful signs of ambiguity: Biden has renounced regime change and promised to revive START talks with Russia. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, "Don’t Wish for a Restoration," 3 Nov. 2020 In this increasingly multipolar financial system, the digitization of currency will be perhaps the most important factor in an economy’s success. Michael J. Casey, Fortune, "Why the U.S. shouldn’t let China dominate the digital currency race," 7 Apr. 2020 As Europe’s economies became more integrated and China grew, the prospect of a multipolar world, in which the dollar shared reserve-currency duties with the euro and the renminbi, loomed. The Economist, "What comes after Bretton Woods II?," 15 Aug. 2019 Now our increasingly multipolar world has loosened up brand-new tangents of human yearning. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "A Twenty-Four-Thousand-Mile Walk Across Human History," 17 June 2019 The immediate post-Cold War world is not multipolar. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Charles Krauthammer was the anti-Breitbart conservative writer," 21 June 2018 The Arab Gulf monarchies can be expected to pursue closer ties with these powers, making the Gulf look more like a multipolar system than at any point since the end of the Cold War. Jonathan Fulton, Washington Post, "China is trying to pull Middle East countries into its version of NATO," 21 June 2017 Others lament that a US turning away from its traditional leadership role would not simply result in a more multipolar world, but would undermine the pillars on which American security and prosperity were built over the past 70 years. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "After Trump trip, is Europe ready to go it alone?," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of multipolar

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for multipolar

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“Multipolar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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