multipolar

adjective
mul·​ti·​po·​lar | \-ˈpō-lər \

Definition of multipolar 

1 : having several poles 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 \ -​pō-​ˈla-​rə-​tē \ noun

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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

adjective
mul·​ti·​po·​lar | \ˌməl-ti-ˈpō-lər, -ˌtī- \

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 \ noun plural -ties

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