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

  • adj. Of or relating to social or philosophical pluralism.
  • adj. Having multiple aspects or parts: "the idea that intelligence is a pluralistic quality that ... varies in many dimensions among individuals” ( Richard A. Knox).

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  • adj. Characteristic of pluralism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Holding to the existence of many reals.

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  • adj. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of pluralism


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  • But at the end of the day they are but raw materials to feed a much broader process — and it is this process, with its combination of vision, leadership and effective communications and consensus building in pluralistic democratic societies of great diversity of habits, views and interests, that will make it work.

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  • Because of what social psychologists call pluralistic ignorance.


  • Many persons would refuse to call the pluralistic scheme religious at all.


  • But (and forgive me if this seems obvious) what I don't see is how this kind of storytelling is inherently unhierarchical or pluralistic, which is a major theme characterizing much of the posting on this site.

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  • As a rabbi, I look forward to finding ways for American Jews to partner with American Muslims in building the kind of pluralistic society in which we all can flourish.

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  • This kind of pluralistic approach, in which individuals themselves are responsible, is very much in accord with a democratic outlook.

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  • The UK is an example of a society that's merely "pluralistic".

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  • But it is a true test in regards to how far we have come in regards to some kind of pluralistic society, not only to achieve stability but democracy.

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  • And then on the political front, the question very much is, is there going to be a kind of pluralistic government that the United States and the rest of the world wants to see?

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  • I want to return to this idea of Canada as a "pluralistic" state, but first let us look closely at where Prince Edward Island, indeed Atlantic Canada, fits within the national scheme of things.

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