- the holding by one person of two or more offices at the same time.
- plurality(def 7a).
Examples from the Web for pluralism
Not only is he wrong—but the true patriots are the ones standing up for pluralism in America.
All this makes the pluralism of the modern world a scary, unwelcoming place.Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media|John Avlon|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Would liberals (not to mention what's left of Jewry) in Italy argue that the petitioners furthered "pluralism"?
She aims, she insists, to further "pluralism"; "We made history," she said.
He spoke in favor of “Jewish pluralism” and said that Israel “must have a zero tolerance policy for any act of intolerance.”
There is no way of passing, then, from an absolute One to the Many, from singularism to pluralism.The Christian Faith Under Modern Searchlights|William Hallock Johnson
The rectories for the most part were miserably poor, so that pluralism might be necessary to make an income.Irish History and the Irish Question|Goldwin Smith
Pluralism, not monism, is the fashion of the day, and some carry it almost to polytheism.Major Prophets of To-Day|Edwin E. Slosson
In the last lecture of my book I candidly admitted this inferiority of pluralism.The Meaning of Truth|William James
In this sense, pluralism, not monism, is an established empirical fact.Creative Intelligence|John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
British Dictionary definitions for pluralism
Word Origin and History for pluralism
1818, as a term in church administration, from plural + -ism. Attested from 1882 as a term in philosophy for a theory which recognizes more than one ultimate principle. In political science, attested from 1919 (in Harold J. Laski) in sense "theory which opposes monolithic state power." General sense of "toleration of diversity within a society or state" is from 1933. Related: Pluralist (1620s, in the church sense); pluralistic.
Culture definitions for pluralism
A conviction that various religious, ethnic, racial, and political groups should be allowed to thrive in a single society. In metaphysics, pluralism can also mean an alternative to dualism and monism. A pluralist asserts that there are more than two kinds of principles, whereas the dualist maintains there are only two and a monist only one.