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Multivocal

[muhl-TIH-və-kəl]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid 19th century

1.

Having or open to many different meanings, interpretations, or applications.

Examples of Multivocal in a sentence

"The issue was truly multivocal, giving the scientists multiple possible solutions."

"Since one of the math problems was multivocal, the teacher decided to give the point to every student."

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About Multivocal

Multivocal developed from the Latin word "multivocus" (expressed by many words) by way of poet, critic, and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Did you Know?

If you encounter a word that is multivocal, you are looking at a homonym. Homonyms are often spelled and pronounced alike, but have different meanings — such as aunt and ant, byte and bite, and flow and floe.

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