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Occurring in or having many forms or shapes.

mul′ti·for′mi·ty (-fôr′mĭ-tē) n.
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The quality of being made of many different elements, forms, kinds, or individuals:
Biology: polymorphism.
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Tolerance of multiformity of thoughts, however offensive they may be, is the key to man's progress from the cave to civilization.
One way to explore the multiformity of religious practice is through the lens of varying religious orientations (i.e., sets of integrated attitudes and beliefs toward one's faith).
Chromosomal multiformity in Botanochara bonariensis (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae).
An irascible sea god with the gift of prophecy who can change his own shape at will, Proteus is an ancient archetype of multiformity (Ovid refers to him as "Proteaque ambiguum," that is, changeful, and thus uncertain, wavering, and perhaps even treacherous).
These students benefit less from "talk and chalk" classroom settings and more from student-centered, interactive settings, including instructional methods that consider and address multiple intelligences, learning styles and cognitive multiformity.
Of course, recognizing multiformity in this realm is nothing new: Various observers have, for some time, called attention to the entangled nature and dispersed operations of societal efforts to govern il/legality.
Lord recognizes the apparent contradiction between the high degree of variation in oral performance, and its function of preservation, when he states, "multiformity is essentially conservative in traditional lore, all outward appearances to the contrary." (31) The contradiction between variation and preservation is only a contradiction to the literate mind.
"Selected from nearly 4000 entries, the winning 100 portraits capture young and old, reflecting not just the multiformity of British people but also the myriad of styles and approaches to contemporary photographic portraiture."
"This kind of complexity and multiformity of the cultural influence are reflected in his writing" (Han 115), which leads to his contradiction in both thought and personality.
New Ctenomys karyotypes (Rodentia, Octodontidae) from north-eastern Argentina and from Paraguay confirm the extreme chromosomal multiformity of the genus.
In other words, Wilkins's digression on the speech of angels is clear evidence for Debora Kuller Shuger's thesis of the multiformity of the dominant culture.