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multiplicity

[muhl-tuh-plis-i-tee] /ˌmʌl təˈplɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural multiplicities.
1.
a large number or variety:
a multiplicity of errors.
2.
the state of being multiplex or manifold; manifold variety.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Late Latin multiplicitās, equivalent to multiplic- (stem of multiplex) multiplex + -itās -ity
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  • The real answer to this is as complex as the multiplicity and variety of belief structures that one can find out there.
  • The magnitude and multiplicity of miseries in that plagued continent are not subject to any wholesale fix.
  • Well, the implicit multiplicity of species arises from that same evolution you've already accepted.
  • It's a future where everyone can have a voice and a multiplicity of point of views will be shared.
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  • Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.
  • The multiplicity of affairs never made him the less constant in prayer, or less rigorous in his mortifications.
  • Far better to encourage a multiplicity of approaches rather than crush them.
  • Nina's troubles are almost farcical in their multiplicity.
British Dictionary definitions for multiplicity

multiplicity

/ˌmʌltɪˈplɪsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a large number or great variety
2.
the state of being multiple
3.
(physics)
  1. the number of levels into which the energy of an atom, molecule, or nucleus splits as a result of coupling between orbital angular momentum and spin angular momentum
  2. the number of elementary particles in a multiplet
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Word Origin and History for multiplicity
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French multiplicité, from Late Latin multiplicitas "manifoldness, multiplicity," from Latin multiplic- (see multiple). Related: Multiplicitous.

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