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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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As Edward Said wrote in an essay on Jerusalem several years ago, a strong campaign that recognizes Jerusalem as a complex and multivalence city is precisely the kind of antidote we need to the drifting, impossibly unwise course now being undertaken .
Rejecting "Gandhi's vision of the nation as a community united under a benevolent 'secularized' Hinduism" (116), Anthony's Christianity represents the multivalence of the Indian nation.
With this multivalence in mind, the sequence at the beginning of the narrative (immediately following the scene in his parents' bedroom) allows us to both share in and observe Chris' journey into the Alaskan wilderness.
For Mironovs commentators, then, 1917 comes across as a time of flux and agency, of multivalence and confusion, of workers who were actively engaged with the political process in myriad ways.
Building on this paradoxical multivalence, the show investigated the complex relationship between image production and nation building by juxtaposing two distinct bodies of work featuring landscapes of Israel from different historical periods and geographical locations.
The multivalence nature of the new vaccine, the absence of the molecular mimicry between hLFA-1 and OspA, and the reduced overall reactogenicity compared to the monovalent vaccines, all suggest a promising turnover for the multivalent vaccine if further developed.
Crucial here is the convergence around two main points: first, that pictures occupy a kind of liminal position, characterized by an ambiguity and multivalence (interpreted alternately as destructive or productive), and second, that this dynamic dimension of the image has an ethical function in picturing the problem of how to live meaningfully under contemporary socio-political and cultural conditions, a problem that I will argue is central to Petzold's cinema.
It is arguably this sense of multivalence that explains why, thus far, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is one of his novels that is most frequently discussed by literary critics.
The multivalence of "beside," enabled by a poetic device idiomatic of the whole sequence, thematically connects anxieties about distance and intimacy with a lyrical hedging that itself reflects the speaker's initial hesitations about drawing her lover closer and into her room.
Precisely because of how its aesthetic and topical multivalence lent it to a wide range of interpretations, and because of how perfectly suited the work was to provoke every potential anxiety.
The concept of multivalence provides a powerful lens for exploring
72) The supposedly modern label 'the mystery plays' encapsulates this medieval multivalence perfectly: the York plays represent sacred truths ('misterie 1', meaning 1a) by means of enigmatic theatrical trickery ('maistrie', sometimes spelled 'mistri', meanings 4a and 4d) produced by guilds ('misterie 2', meaning c) practicing the art of minstrelsy ('minstralsie', sometimes spelled 'minstrisie', meaning 1d).