Definitions

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  • n. the state of being polyvalent.
  • n. is congruent with polyvalency

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as multivalence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (toxicology) the state of being capable of counteracting more than one toxin or antigen or kind of microorganism
  • n. (chemistry) the state of having a valence greater than two

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Examples

  • Heydt-Stevenson's essay points to what Foucault calls "the tactical polyvalence of discourses" (100): the condescendingly repressive language of the late eighteenth-century conduct books gives rise to the

    Romantic Loves: A Response to _Historicizing Romantic Sexuality_

  • The marks and their "polyvalence their ability to command a multitude of gestures at once," signal a voice that is oracular in nature.

    Alice Notley, Part 3

  • Since Wells 'socialism doesn't quite have the same appeal it did before the collapse of the Soviet Union, an adapter can't rely on the original polyvalence of his writing.

    Review of War of the Worlds

  • It retains much of the infantile form, but has undergone, nevertheless, a certain development, which I designate as ` sexual polyvalence. '

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Five groups of value-related sustainability features were identified: flexibility and polyvalence; energy and water dependency; accessibility and mobility; security; and health and comfort.

    Cost-Benefit News

  • The property's sustainability performance concerning flexibility and polyvalence, accessibility and mobility, as well as health and comfort are very good.

    Cost-Benefit News

  • The polyvalence of the offer is so flexible that everyone will find an answer to his needs.

    iMechanica - Comments

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