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1. Relating to or composed of more than one member, set, or kind: the plural meanings of a text; a plural society.
2. Grammar Of or being a grammatical form that designates more than one of the things specified.
n. Grammar
1. The plural number or form.
2. A word or term in the plural form.

[Middle English plurel, from Old French, from Latin plūrālis, from plūs, plūr-, more; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

plu′ral·ly adv.
Our Living Language In English, plurals of nouns are normally indicated by the ending -s or -es, or in a few cases by -en, as in children and oxen. Some vernacular varieties of English do not use plural endings in measurement phrases such as three mile and ten pound. This zero plural has a long history and was not formerly as socially stigmatized as it is today. It appears in literary works dating from the Middle English period to the present day, including works of dialect writers, such as this example from Mark Twain's Huck Finn: "The nearest white settlement warnt nearer nor four mile." · In adjectival constructions even Standard English has no -s plural: a five-pound box of candy is acceptable, whereas a five-pounds box is not. These adjective phrases derive from an -a suffix in Old English that marked plural adjectives. This ending has long since fallen away, leaving behind the unmarked root forms. · The absence of -s in the plural form of animal names (hunting for bear, a herd of buffalo) probably arose by analogy with animals like deer and sheep whose plurals have been unmarked since the earliest beginnings of the English language. See Note at foot


(ˈplʊər ə li)

as a plural; in a plural sense.
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The latter had only one side, and therefore -- plurally and pedantically speaking -- NO SIDES.
But this is not in the gift of any fair-minded devolved government and hapless efforts to paint this brave new world as plurally desirable or democratically feasible are completely unworthy.
Being is singularly plural and plurally singular as if Being is or has a certain number of attributes, one of which is that of being singular-plural--however double, contradictory, or chiasmatic this may be" (28).
The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, by establishing provincial governance either singly or plurally as stipulated therein, -
In line with social and political organizations' pursuit of violence, poverty, challenge, reconciliation and alliance, I make the case that Islamism too is being plurally reconstructed.
Combined with the observation that competing paradigms can exist even in rimes of "normal science," and I take it to be that if a certain paradigm is established and defended it is established and defended against something, rather than pre-paradigmatic it might be that the social sciences are plurally paradigmatic.
It is not a superficial approach to methodology (Midgley, 1996x) Undertake research that promotes Practice and its outcomes should plurally desirable and sustainable seek to avoid instances of social change decontextualized and inappropriate change coming down 'from above or led by outside 'experts '.
The effect of canonization was to create a body of technically imperfect ahad hadith--imperfect because, having single strands at their beginning, they were not mutawatir, that is, plurally transmitted.
It is there that the maze of history disorients her: not one, but seven to eight Rujialou villages exist in Shaoxing, suggestive of a plurally unstable origin.