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- The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.
- (ecclesiastical) The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.
- (sociology) A social system that permits smaller groups within a society to maintain their individual cultural identities.
- 2007, Matthias Koenig; Paul F. A. Guchteneire, Unesco, Democracy and Human Rights in Multicultural Societies, page 251:
- Instead, it is more probable that globalization is leading to a plurality of pluralisms.
- (politics) The belief that there should be diverse and competing centers of power in society.
- (politics) The acknowledgement of a diversity of political systems.
- (law) The existence of differing legal systems in a population or area.
- (philosophy) The belief that values can be simultaneously antagonistic and incommensurable.
- 2006, Connie Aarsbergen-Ligtvoet, Isaiah Berlin: A Value Pluralist and Humanist View of Human Nature and the Meaning of Live, →ISBN:
- Due to pluralism and conflicts within the good itself, such perfection, for Berlin, is not possible. A compromise does not brin us closer to a higher telos in history.
- 2016, Stuart Firestein, Failure: Why Science is So Successful, page 217:
- Pluralism is a creative force because it admits of multiple ways to see a thing, multiple valuable paths to choose from.
- (philosophy) The belief that a plural predicate refers to its individuals rather than to a collective.
- (ecclesiastical): plurality
quality or state of being plural
state of pluralist
- pluralism in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- Guy Ankerl: Coexisting Contemporary Civilizations: Arabo-Muslim, Bhrati, Chinese, and Western. INUPress, Geneva, 2000 →ISBN
pluralism n (uncountable)