- the holding by one person of two or more offices at the same time.
- plurality(def 7a).
- plural marriage,
- plural voting,
Origin of pluralism
Examples from the Web for pluralist
But a democratic, pluralist Egypt is a safer neighbor in the long term than one held together by barbed wire and policemen.
Theocratic democracies balance official religions with democratic institutions and pluralist practices.
Instead of fostering a pluralist Zionist conversation, they largely promote a limited set of views.
There was a great deal about the monist and pluralist views of the universe.The Letters of William James, Vol. II|William James
Further theism enriches and enhances the pluralist's ideal by all the ineffable blessedness that the presence of God must yield.The Christian Faith Under Modern Searchlights|William Hallock Johnson
I derive a very comfortable income from my various offices, and I am a pluralist.An Englishman in Paris|Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
Why does he immediately add that for the pluralist to plead the non-mutation of such abstractions would be an ignoratio elenchi?Essays in Radical Empiricism|William James
One more extract, partly aimed at Dr. Trapp as a pluralist, must suffice.
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.
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.