pluralism

noun
plu·​ral·​ism | \ ˈplu̇r-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce pluralism (audio) \

Definition of pluralism

1 : the holding of two or more offices or positions (such as benefices) at the same time
2 : the quality or state of being plural
3a : a theory that there are more than one or more than two kinds of ultimate reality
b : a theory that reality is composed of a plurality of entities
4a : a state of society in which members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups maintain and develop their traditional culture or special interest within the confines of a common civilization
b : a concept, doctrine, or policy advocating this state

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Other Words from pluralism

pluralist \ ˈplu̇r-​ə-​list How to pronounce pluralist (audio) \ adjective or noun
pluralistic \ ˌplu̇r-​ə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce pluralistic (audio) \ adjective
pluralistically \ ˌplu̇r-​ə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pluralistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of pluralism in a Sentence

He spoke of the benefits of cultural pluralism. She's a champion of pluralism.

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The Ahmarists don’t want to share the public square with the godless and think the French types are naive for believing that pluralism will ever work for conservatives. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Conservative Christians in the US are battling about whether to fight nice," 17 June 2019 In a western society, that means pluralism — people of different views existing alongside each other. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 This has been a democratic process, driven by civil society’s thirst for pluralism, tolerance and self-government. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Brazil’s Primal Scream," 6 Jan. 2019 The assault on pluralism and free expression included targeted killings—on whose orders is an open question—of outspoken journalists and political figures. Joshua Rubenstein, WSJ, "‘The Code of Putinism’ Review: Summing Up a Summit Partner," 15 July 2018 Religious pluralism has positive implications for religious freedom. Sriya Iyer, WSJ, "The Marketplace of Faith," 27 Dec. 2018 The fact is that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate Islamist movement that accepts political pluralism and receives great harm from terrorist movements. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Syrian Muslim Brotherhood revives amid ongoing civil war, lashes out at the U.S. and Israel," 9 July 2018 Kennedy’s pragmatic libertarianism — his belief in limited government, pluralism, moderation, and social cohesion — didn’t fit into either of our two political tribes’ worldview. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 2018 In other words, America’s tolerant pluralism must be replaced by a fear-mongering populism that supports the rights of the few against those who look different. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "U.S. withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council reflects Trump hypocrisy | Trudy Rubin," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of pluralism

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pluralism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pluralism

formal
: a situation in which people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., are together in a society but continue to have their different traditions and interests
: the belief that people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., should live together in a society

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