- a theory that there is more than one basic substance or principle.Compare dualism (def. 2), monism (def. 1a).
- a theory that reality consists of two or more independent elements.
- the holding by one person of two or more offices at the same time.
- plurality (def. 7a).
OTHER WORDS FROM pluralismplu·ral·ist, noun, adjectiveplu·ral·is·tic [ploor-uh-lis-tik], /ˌplʊər əˈlɪs tɪk/, adjective
How to use pluralism in a sentence
But a democratic, pluralist Egypt is a safer neighbor in the long term than one held together by barbed wire and policemen.Why Egypt Is Too Big to Fail|Rep. Jane Harman|June 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Theocratic democracies balance official religions with democratic institutions and pluralist practices.How To Build A Theocratic Democracy|Janice Stein|November 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Instead of fostering a pluralist Zionist conversation, they largely promote a limited set of views.Australia's Disneyfied Israel|Liam Getreu|October 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He held several other preferments, but we forgive him for being a notable pluralist because he made such good use of his money.
They set him before us not only as a landowner in five different counties, but also as the first great pluralist.
After the manner of that age—which Gerald lived to denounce—he soon became a pluralist.The Itinerary of Archbishop Baldwin through Wales|Giraldus Cambrensis
I guess in that sense at least, women are the same everywhere—Pluralist or Onist, it doesn't matter.
I could maintain their pace, of course: but I'm a Pluralist.
British Dictionary definitions for pluralism
- the metaphysical doctrine that reality consists of more than two basic types of substanceCompare monism (def. 2), dualism (def. 2)
- the metaphysical doctrine that reality consists of independent entities rather than one unchanging wholeCompare monism (def. 2), absolutism (def. 2b)
Derived forms of pluralismpluralist, noun, adjectivepluralistic, adjective
Cultural 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.