multiplicity

[ muhl-tuh-plis-i-tee ]
/ ˌmʌl təˈplɪs ɪ ti /

noun, plural mul·ti·plic·i·ties.

a large number or variety: a multiplicity of errors.
the state of being multiplex or manifold; manifold variety.

Origin of multiplicity

1580–90; < Late Latin multiplicitās, equivalent to multiplic- (stem of multiplex) multiplex + -itās -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for multiplicity

multiplicity

/ (ˌmʌltɪˈplɪsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a large number or great variety
the state of being multiple
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

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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