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pluralism Syllabification: plu·ral·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈplo͝orəˌlizəm/

Definition of pluralism in English:


1A condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist.
Example sentences
  • The crisis raises serious questions of the ethics of democratic co-existence and religious pluralism vis-a-vis the state.
  • Even discussing theology and religion is a new phenomenon that emerged only in the conditions of religious pluralism.
  • Perhaps the most evident aspect of post-modernism when some attempt to apply it to Christianity is the emphasis on this cultural pluralism as the defining principle of faith in practice.
1.1A form of society in which the members of minority groups maintain their independent cultural traditions.
1.2A political theory or system of power-sharing among a number of political parties.
Example sentences
  • The mushrooming of political parties, syndicates, and newspapers signals a nascent political pluralism upon which democracy can be built.
  • Also it was argued that state funding of parties would promote political pluralism.
  • Influenced by emerging national movements and demands for political pluralism, Slovenia held its first party elections in 1990.
1.3A theory or system of devolution and autonomy for individual bodies in preference to monolithic state control.
Example sentences
  • He preached pluralism, by which he meant the autonomy of organizations such as broadcasting bodies, parties, and trade unions, while affirming the need for a strong centralized state.
  • The old liberal pluralism holds that each of us has rights as an individual: this is the idea that has animated social progress for generations.
  • I admire the pluralism of postmodern cities that arises from the personal autonomy that comes with privatized beliefs-but that is not possible and will not be possible for most of the world.
1.4 Philosophy A theory or system that recognizes more than one ultimate principle. Compare with monism.
Example sentences
  • Pluralism is a competency, not just mere subjective relativism, but ethical pluralism.
  • Both suggest the need for pluralism - recognizing the diverse knowledges and interests involved.
  • Philosophically, pluralism rests on the assumption that ultimate reality is many, multiple, that is, more than one or two.
2The practice of holding more than one office or church benefice at a time.
Example sentences
  • On the other hand, politicians have been markedly reluctant to reduce pluralism in office holding, which is largely responsible for establishing them as a caste.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • How do multicultural societies produce pluralists, by which I mean people who appreciate multiple perspectives and truths without producing relativists.
  • Above all, one looks to pluralists of all kinds to teach us how to admire our own way of life without implying that it is the only kind that is worth living.
  • I truly believe that we can be pluralists without becoming relativists.


Pronunciation: /ˌplo͝orəˈlistik/
Example sentences
  • Rather, we need methods and tools that are pluralistic, sensitive to the needs of regions, societies, and cultures.
  • Even in a diverse and pluralistic culture such as that found in contemporary Australia, we need some common values to bind us together.
  • Liberal societies are sane, tolerant, stable, pluralistic and therefore well behaved.


Pronunciation: /-ˈlistək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Placed side by side for comparative purposes then, the triplets assert difference and sameness, repression and expression, in an identity that is pluralistically unique and individually complicated.
  • Clearly, these Baptists envisioned America pluralistically, a republic with moral foundations but with rooms for people of all faiths and those with no faith.
  • I propose that God reveals and signals pluralistically.

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