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multiplicity

[muhl-tuh-plis-i-tee] /ˌmʌl təˈplɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural multiplicities.
1.
a large number or variety:
a multiplicity of errors.
2.
the state of being multiplex or manifold; manifold variety.
Origin of multiplicity
1580-1590
1580-90; < Late Latin multiplicitās, equivalent to multiplic- (stem of multiplex) multiplex + -itās -ity
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  • This multiplicity afforded them a wonderful spectacle, but that was about all.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Here we find no infinitesimal subdivision and no multiplicity of crops.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • But it was the multiplicity of laws that befuddled White Fang and often brought him into disgrace.

    White Fang Jack London
  • I go out, and am occupied all day with a multiplicity of engagements.

  • The refinement and the multiplicity of pleasures also diminish the attractions of marriage.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
British Dictionary definitions for multiplicity

multiplicity

/ˌmʌltɪˈplɪsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a large number or great variety
2.
the state of being multiple
3.
(physics)
  1. the number of levels into which the energy of an atom, molecule, or nucleus splits as a result of coupling between orbital angular momentum and spin angular momentum
  2. the number of elementary particles in a multiplet
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Word Origin and History for multiplicity
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French multiplicité, from Late Latin multiplicitas "manifoldness, multiplicity," from Latin multiplic- (see multiple). Related: Multiplicitous.

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