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pluralism ‎(plural pluralisms)

  1. The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.
  2. (ecclesiastical) The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.
  3. (social sciences) A social system based on mutual respect for each other's cultures among various groups that make up a society, wherein subordinate groups do not have to forsake their lifestyle and traditions but, rather, can express their culture and participate in the larger society free of prejudice.
    • 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.


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