pluralism

noun plu·ral·ism \ ˈplu̇r-ə-ˌli-zəm \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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
3 a : 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
4 a : 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

pluralist

play \ˈplu̇r-ə-list\ adjective or noun

pluralistic

play \ˌplu̇r-ə-ˈli-stik\ adjective

pluralistically

play \ˌplu̇r-ə-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of pluralism in a Sentence

  1. He spoke of the benefits of cultural pluralism.

  2. She's a champion of pluralism.

Recent Examples of pluralism from the Web

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First Known Use of pluralism

1772


PLURALISM Defined for English Language Learners

pluralism

noun

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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