Definition of pluralism in English:



  • 1A condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist.

    • ‘There is also a growing freedom of expression, pluralism and a free press which is much wider than it was a few years ago.’
    • ‘Tribal governments are, very often, collectivist in their economics, allowing little space for internal pluralism of news media or business enterprises.’
    • ‘Genuine respect for ‘otherness’ entails much more than modern religious pluralism can deliver.’
    • ‘Yesterday's decision also undermines one of the public school system's most important functions: teaching democracy and pluralism.’
    • ‘The crisis raises serious questions of the ethics of democratic co-existence and religious pluralism vis-a-vis the state.’
    • ‘Other religious groups representing Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists, had also raised similar concerns, saying the existing article protects pluralism in Indonesia.’
    • ‘Social pluralism requires us to recognize all affected stakeholder interests, especially the interests of those whose welfare is at risk.’
    • ‘We live in the days of pluralism, when all faiths and religions are of equal worth.’
    • ‘Traditionally, of course, pluralism in religious matters was deemed a sign of impiety and indifference to God's truth.’
    • ‘Postmodernist beliefs therefore tend to a multiculturalist pluralism and relativism.’
    • ‘One thing is on the side of pluralism, however-the country's longstanding constitutional principles that affirm equality and social justice for all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a university which is committed to pluralism, a university in which you've got Arab and Jewish students, a university which is committed to the pursuit of peace.’
    • ‘Yet religious pluralism is unavoidable because of the ineffability or complexity of God.’
    • ‘Second is the value and strength of pluralism, based on a concept of legitimate difference.’
    • ‘"Our society has shifted so much toward pluralism in terms of politics, culture and religion among other things that we cannot know what the truth is.’
    • ‘Instead, pluralism sees many minorities vying with one another in different policy areas.’
    • ‘Even discussing theology and religion is a new phenomenon that emerged only in the conditions of religious pluralism.’
    • ‘Modern societies are said to be characterized by deep diversity and cultural pluralism.’
    • ‘From this standpoint, religion is a good thing as long as it embraces pluralism and tolerates moral ambiguity, but intense and exclusive forms of religion are a menace to the free society.’
    1. 1.1A form of society in which the members of minority groups maintain their independent cultural traditions.
    2. 1.2A political theory or system of power-sharing among a number of political parties.
      • ‘The exclusion of such parties from our electoral system undermines our claim to political pluralism.’
      • ‘Everyone wants democracy, respect of human rights, political pluralism, freedom of the press, and a general amnesty to be issued.’
      • ‘Political pluralism also tends to exercise some moderation or restraint on unbridled nationalism.’
      • ‘Jones also underlines the importance of political pluralism, the rule of law (equality before the law) and a free press for sustained intensive growth.’
      • ‘What our children should learn from the study of history is the importance of institutions that sustain the principles of human rights, the rule of law, and political pluralism.’
      • ‘‘I already proposed that the they should revert to the coalition principle of four or five parties where pluralism is clearly felt,’ he said.’
      • ‘We have a story of freedom, pluralism and a dynamic economy that is worth telling.’
      • ‘If it becomes a democracy and political pluralism would flourish, the economy would flourish in the region, and then we can go about having regional peace and stability.’
      • ‘The mushrooming of political parties, syndicates, and newspapers signals a nascent political pluralism upon which democracy can be built.’
      • ‘Influenced by emerging national movements and demands for political pluralism, Slovenia held its first party elections in 1990.’
      • ‘Of course, all of this is addressed in the broader context of religious pluralism in the American political system.’
      • ‘Yet, given more time, the halting experiment with political pluralism might have evolved in a more positive direction.’
      • ‘We want to allow political pluralism, but when we adopt a program, we want our members to rally behind it.’
      • ‘Politically, civil society relies on the separation of powers, political pluralism and public access to state and public affairs.’
      • ‘Also it was argued that state funding of parties would promote political pluralism.’
      • ‘The ideal of national unity informed political speech, but the diversity of populations called for guarantees of political pluralism and for economic integration.’
    3. 1.3A theory or system of devolution and autonomy for individual bodies in preference to monolithic state control.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4Philosophy A theory or system that recognizes more than one ultimate principle.
      Compare with monism
      • ‘Philosophical pluralism is the rejection of truth for it reckons that every opinion, standard and value is relative, and men must not criticise anyone else's morality or religion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pluralism is a competency, not just mere subjective relativism, but ethical pluralism.’
      • ‘The major finding was the desire for methodological pluralism, even among mainstream faculty.’
  • 2The practice of holding more than one office or church benefice at a time.

    • ‘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.’