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 (mŭl′tĭ-vā′lənt, mŭl-tĭv′ə-lənt)
1. Genetics Of or relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
2. Chemistry & Immunology Polyvalent.
3. Having various meanings or values: subtle, multivalent allegory.

mul′ti·va′lence n.
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Noun1.multivalence - (chemistry) the state of having a valence greater than two
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
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In short, the unifying approach disciplines multivalence and ambiguity out of existence; 'despite the interpretive difficulties that one encounters' in hearing certain modal phrases, there will always be a sketch to 'assert' the correct 'structural tonic' (p.
Tinkcom argues, "[W]hat I am calling gay labor is not simply the work of gays expended on a particular commodity but the particular effort to ensure the commodity's multivalence, in that it can be consumed by gay and nongay consumers alike for retaining camp features or not.
Men in Black is a study of male costume since the Renaissance and the multivalence of meaning accorded to colour in clothes -- or rather the absence of colour, for Harvey's theme is the encoding of black, as the colour of power and abstinence, aggression and death.
Its relevance is linked to the multivalence of kupa in referring to body creation, well being, and kinship noted earlier.
It is understandable that Astyages should here refer such a dream to the experts, and that he should find their responses alarming: but, in view of the bemusing multivalence of the dream, it is also understandable that he would be reluctant to kill his daughter out of hand, or even--yet--to exclude the possibility of her having offspring, for `offspring' was only one of the possible registers for interpreting the dream.
Liturgical diversity and multivalence have always existed.
The problem with this argument is surely that it reduces the play to a monovocality that is simply untrue to the theatrical multivalence which differentiates it from Richard II (on which Hardin writes much more convincingly).
As Brown has argued, the advancement of science requires neither parsimonious nor neutral meanings, but the imprecision and multivalence of language (Simons 325).
Ambiguity and multivalence, after all, allow mythic narratives to retain their potency for generations.
Just as a healthy person accepts some ambiguity in deference to the plurality of value systems, so too modern societies derive wholeness from multivalence, expressed in the language of tolerance and dissent.
The split action, in contrast, may create additional tasks, depending on the multivalence of tasks.