What does pluralism mean?

Definitions for pluralismˈplʊər əˌlɪz əm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pluralism.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pluralism(noun)

    a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated

  2. pluralism(noun)

    the doctrine that reality consists of several basic substances or elements

  3. pluralism(noun)

    the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time


  1. pluralism(Noun)

    The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.

  2. pluralism(Noun)

    The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.

  3. pluralism(Noun)

    A social system based on mutual respect for each other's cultures among various groups that make up a society, wherein subordinate groups do not have to forsake their lifestyle and traditions but, rather, can express their culture and participate in the larger society free of prejudice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pluralism(noun)

    the quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number

  2. Pluralism(noun)

    the state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time


  1. Pluralism

    Pluralism is, in the general sense, the acknowledgment of diversity. The concept is used, often in different ways, in a wide range of issues. In politics, pluralism is often considered by proponents of modern democracy to be in the interests of its citizens, and so political pluralism is one of its most important features. The term pluralism is also used to denote a theoretical standpoint on state and power - which to varying degrees suggest that pluralism is an adequate model of how power is distributed in societies. For information on the political theory of pluralism see Pluralism. In democratic politics, pluralism is a guiding principle which permits the peaceful coexistence of different interests, convictions and lifestyles. In this context it has normative connotations absent from its use to denote a theoretical standpoint. Unlike totalitarianism or particularism, pluralism acknowledges the diversity of interests and considers it imperative that members of society accommodate their differences by engaging in good-faith negotiation. One of the earliest arguments for pluralism came from James Madison in The Federalist Papers #10. Madison feared that factionalism would lead to in-fighting in the new American republic and devotes this paper to questioning how best to avoid such an occurrence. He posits that to avoid factionalism, it is best to allow many competing factions to prevent any one dominating the political system. This relies, to a degree, on a series of disturbances changing the influences of groups so as to avoid institutional dominance and ensure competition.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pluralism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pluralism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Pranab Mukherjee:

    Humanism and pluralism should not be abandoned under any circumstance.

  2. Richard Land:

    In the interest of pluralism, it's about time we had a Protestant on the Supreme Court.

  3. Joko Widodo:

    Pluralism has always been a part of Indonesia's DNA, despite many challenges, Islam in Indonesia has always been a force for moderation.

  4. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova:

    We see pluralism: We can see that there are different ideological and political positions in Russia. If the authoritarianism finally ends, we will have real competition.

  5. Lohr Sapp:

    This opportunity represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke’s mission and connects the university national trends in religious accommodation.

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