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 realityb : 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 civilizationb : a concept, doctrine, or policy advocating this state
pluralistplay \-list\ adjective or noun
pluralisticplay \ˌplu̇r-ə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective
pluralisticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of pluralism in a Sentence
He spoke of the benefits of cultural pluralism.
She's a champion of pluralism.
Recent Examples of pluralism from the Web
America has largely responded to the challenges of diversity and pluralism by pushing moral language out of public life.
And like the personal computer at the height of Pax Wintel, the living room will be a platform characterized by triumphant pluralism.
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First Known Use of pluralism
PLURALISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pluralism for English Language Learners
: 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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