Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being multiple or plural.
  • n. A condition in which numerous distinct ethnic, religious, or cultural groups are present and tolerated within a society.
  • n. The belief that such a condition is desirable or socially beneficial.
  • n. Ecclesiastical The holding by one person of two or more positions or offices, especially two or more ecclesiastical benefices, at the same time.
  • n. Philosophy The doctrine that reality is composed of many ultimate substances.
  • n. Philosophy The belief that no single explanatory system or view of reality can account for all the phenomena of life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.
  • n. The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.
  • n. The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being plural.
  • n. The holding by one person of two or more offices at the same time; specifically, the holding of two or more livings or benefices at the same time, or the ecclesiastical system under which this is possible.
  • n. The doctrine that there are as many distinct and separate worlds as there are minds. See the extract.

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

  • n. the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time
  • n. the doctrine that reality consists of several basic substances or elements
  • n. a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated

Etymologies

plural +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

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