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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for multiplicity

Contemporary Examples of multiplicity

  • A cynic might say that the report is like the movie Clue, perfectly set up for a multiplicity of endings.

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    New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban

    Jay Michaelson

    December 20, 2014

  • I try to create a multiplicity of experiences within the works so that I can hit the viewer on a variety of levels.

  • Historically the contradictory pressures exerted by the multiplicity of parties has not been good for Israel.

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    When the Right is Right

    Daniel Gavron

    October 9, 2013

  • They vote on a multiplicity of concerns, of which Israel is a part, but hardly, for most of them, the determining factor.

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    Don't Sweat the Jewish Vote

    Eric Alterman

    September 16, 2011

  • From this multiplicity of voices Williams constructs a beautifully harmonious and satisfyingly substantial whole.

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    Must Read Novels

    Lucy Scholes, John Wilwol, Randy Rosenthal, Nina MacLaughlin

    August 4, 2011

Historical Examples of multiplicity

  • 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


noun plural -ties

a large number or great variety
the state of being multiple
  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

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

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