- the quality or condition of being plural, or of existing in more than one part or form
- the holding by one person of more than one office or church benefice at the same time
- the existence within a nation or society of groups distinctive in ethnic origin, cultural patterns, religion, or the like
- a policy of favoring the preservation of such groups within a given nation or society
- Philos. the theory that reality is composed of a multiplicity of ultimate beings, principles, or substances
- An example of pluralism is a society where people with different cultural backgrounds keep their own tradition.
- An example of pluralism is where labor unions and employers share in meeting the needs of employees.
Pluralism is defined as a society where multiple people, groups or entities share political power.
- The condition of being multiple or plural.
- a. A condition in which numerous distinct ethnic, religious, or cultural groups are present and tolerated within a society.b. The belief that such a condition is desirable or socially beneficial.
- Ecclesiastical The holding by one person of two or more positions or offices, especially two or more ecclesiastical benefices, at the same time.
- Philosophy a. The doctrine that reality is composed of many ultimate substances.b. The belief that no single explanatory system or view of reality can account for all the phenomena of life.
- The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.
- (ecclesiastical) The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.
- (social sciences) 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.
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- By his recognition of an apparent plurality supplementary to the real unity, he effected the transition from the " monism " or " henism " of the first physical succession to the " pluralism " of the second.
- The typical faults of the dark ages, pluralism, simony, lax observation of the clerical rules, contented ignorance, worldliness in every aspect, were all too prevalent in England.
- The parochial clergy were probably in a healthier condition; but the old abuses of pluralism and non-residence were as rampant as ever, and though their work may have been in many cases honorably carried out, it is certain that energy and intelligence were at a low ebb.
- The Sophistes shows among other things that an identity-philosophy breaks down into a dualism of thought and expression, when it applies the predicate of unity to the real, just as the absolute pluralism on the other hand collapses into unity if it affirms or admits any form of relation whatsoever.
- Pluralism, nepotism, simony and all the other ancient abuses were more rampant than ever.