mul·​tiv·​a·​lence | \ ˌməl-ˈti-və-lən(t)s How to pronounce multivalence (audio) \

Definition of multivalence

: the quality or state of having many values, meanings, or appeals

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Its multivalence lies in its artful blending of the conventions of musical theater, opera, and jazz, yet also in its blending of sardonic social critique and autobiography. Jeremy Eichler,, "Behind the white picket fence, portraits of a jagged loneliness," 13 May 2018 The works of music in 2016 that seemed most representative of their time all suggested, in some way, a positive state of unfinishedness or multivalence, through either the music itself or the creator, or both. Ben Ratliff, Esquire, "How 2016 Brought Chaos to Music," 2 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of multivalence

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multivalence was circa 1882

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