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pluralism

[ploo r-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈplʊər əˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
Philosophy.
  1. a theory that there is more than one basic substance or principle.
    Compare dualism (def 2), monism (def 1a).
  2. a theory that reality consists of two or more independent elements.
2.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. the holding by one person of two or more offices at the same time.
  2. plurality (def 7a).
3.
Sociology, cultural pluralism.
4.
state or quality of being plural.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; plural + -ism
Related forms
pluralist, noun, adjective
pluralistic, adjective
pluralistically, adverb
nonpluralistic, adjective
unpluralistic, adjective
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Examples from the web for pluralistic
  • It violates the toleration that must permeate our pluralistic.
  • We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.
  • Both affirmed the vital necessity to continue to advance interfaith peace initiatives towards sustainable, pluralistic societies.
  • The relationship between architecture and politics has never been an easy one to define in a pluralistic society.
  • As admirable a goal as it may be, fashioning citizens for a pluralistic society has nothing to do with the pursuit of truth.
  • He described it as an inevitable danger of all large, pluralistic democracies.
  • pluralistic societies require religions to coexist in proximity.
  • To be sure, the global polling industry needs to embrace a far more pluralistic view.
  • Modern religion is pluralistic and increasingly based on choice.
  • It's up to us to contribute to the broader recognition of this pluralistic fact.
British Dictionary definitions for pluralistic

pluralism

/ˈplʊərəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the holding by a single person of more than one ecclesiastical benefice or office
2.
(sociol) a theory of society as several autonomous but interdependent groups which either share power or continuously compete for power
3.
the existence in a society of groups having distinctive ethnic origin, cultural forms, religions, etc
4.
a theory that views the power of employers as being balanced by the power of trade unions in industrial relations such that the interests of both sides can be catered for
5.
(philosophy)
  1. the metaphysical doctrine that reality consists of more than two basic types of substance Compare monism (sense 2), dualism (sense 2)
  2. the metaphysical doctrine that reality consists of independent entities rather than one unchanging whole Compare monism (sense 2), absolutism (sense 2b)
Derived Forms
pluralist, noun, adjective
pluralistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pluralistic

pluralism

n.

1818, as a term in church administration, from plural + -ism. Attested from 1882 as a term in philosophy for a theory which recognizes more than one ultimate principle. In political science, attested from 1919 (in Harold J. Laski) in sense "theory which opposes monolithic state power." General sense of "toleration of diversity within a society or state" is from 1933. Related: Pluralist (1620s, in the church sense); pluralistic.

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pluralistic in Culture

pluralism definition


A conviction that various religious, ethnic, racial, and political groups should be allowed to thrive in a single society. In metaphysics, pluralism can also mean an alternative to dualism and monism. A pluralist asserts that there are more than two kinds of principles, whereas the dualist maintains there are only two and a monist only one.

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