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Noun: pluralism  'plûr-u,li-zum
  1. A social organization in which diversity of racial, religious, ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated
  2. The doctrine that reality consists of several basic substances or elements
  3. The practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time

Derived forms: pluralisms

Type of: doctrine, ism, pattern, philosophical system, philosophy, practice, school of thought, social organisation [Brit], social organization, social structure, social system, structure

Antonym: monism

Encyclopedia: Pluralism