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multivocal

[ muhl-tiv-uh-kuhl ]
/ mʌlˈtɪv ə kəl /
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adjective

having many or different meanings of equal probability or validity: a multivocal word.

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Origin of multivocal

First recorded in 1800–10; multi- + vocal
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Example sentences from the Web for multivocal

  • Ens is a multivocal word, neither strictly univocal nor altogether equivocal.

    Aristotle|George Grote

British Dictionary definitions for multivocal

multivocal
/ (ˌmʌltɪˈvəʊkəl) /

adjective

having many meanings

Word Origin for multivocal

C19: from Latin multus many + vocare to call; on the model of equivocal
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