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

  • adj. Having many centers, especially of authority or control: the shift from Soviet-American hegemony to a polycentric world.
  • adj. Having several central parts, such as centrosomes or chromatids.
  • n. A polycentric chromosome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having many centres, especially centres of authority or control
  • adj. Having multiple central parts

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having several centers or nucleal points.


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  • In 2006, it was "polycentric" - in January in Caracas, Venezuela and Bamako, Mali, then delayed until March in Karachi, Pakistan because of the area's earthquake. - Bush-Cheney Trials in '09

  • That's called polycentric governance, a very important concept which emerged from political science but now has a more genuine evolutionary formulation.

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  • Both employ a so-called polycentric four-bar mechanism to mimic the movements of a human knee.

  • In challenging "polycentric", strategic decisions such as which of several schools to close, however - decisions involving the allocation of scarce public resources - judicial review is more difficult.

    McDougal v Liverpool City Council

  • One way he does this is by elaborating on the importance of what he called neo-gothic complex space, which is really a kind of polycentric criss-crossing of plural corporate bodies (or freely constituted participatory bodies to rip some of your language), and to show how French pre-Marxist/Engelsian socialism actually strongly favored intermediate institutions and little platoons, and that these concerns were only later stolen (and distorted) by the political right.

    When you reach the bottom of the barrel, start digging.

  • BRIC summit to help form new 'polycentric' world order: - Business News

  • By making a strong case for user-management of common resources, and ground-up, "polycentric" policy-making, Ostrom's work is a key resource for all who are concerned to strengthen and protect democratic rights at local and community levels, and at the same time, follow a sustainable approach to the management of the commons.

    Daily News & Analysis

  • He begins by noting that Christianity is "polycentric," meaning that in the process of translation, the church does not move from one central cultural norm to other cultures that are, in themselves, alien to the gospel.

    The Fire and the Rose

  • But today, you live in a polycentric segment with a small of a misfortune trade in a nation.

    Was the lack of express tracks a lack of foresight? - Greater ...

  • But we we live a polycentric system of diverse institutions: there is business, and government, and also freedom of speech, which is different than the first two.

    Matthew Yglesias » Culture and Size and Scope of Government


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