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multiplicity

[muhl-tuh-plis-i-tee]
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noun, plural mul·ti·plic·i·ties.
  1. a large number or variety: a multiplicity of errors.
  2. the state of being multiplex or manifold; manifold variety.
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Origin of multiplicity

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.


British Dictionary definitions for multiplicity

multiplicity

noun plural -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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