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multivalent

[¦məl·tə′vā·lənt]
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Prismatics, Multivalence, and Other Riffs on the Millennial Moment: Presidential Address to the American Studies Association.
It could even be argued that the very unevenness of the Gagosian exhibition, like the multivalence of its inclusions, guaranteed that it provided a more accurate and lifelike image of Smith than the more refined selection at the Guggenheim.
Subplot or other multivalence evolved from process, the tectonic evolution of the object or the contingencies of its location would only blur the clarity of the diagram/building closed circuit of reciprocal authentication.
Interpretations of Petrarch's Petrarchism as only a literary mode of self-creation through the mirror of a distant beloved may be founded on a profound misreading that diregards the poems' multivalence, the fictionality of the speaking voice, and the spiritual quest that Petrarch's concluding poem and his other writings suggest.
His text stresses the multivalence of meaning in the images he considers.
But multivalence evokes the very different quality that we were hearing: multi-valents, many values, the holding of different values at the same time without implying confusion, contradiction, or even paradox.
Capitalizing upon the multivalence of the term "slavery" to rally readers to their cause, Chartist poets render the cause itself a distinctly amorphous one that can encompass and link together the loosely "democratic" struggles not only of Britain past and Britain present, but also of many different peoples and lands--"welding together," in Jones's words, "hearts" estranged by time and nationality.
74) Only hypothetical facts, or facts that are "found" by a court, lose the morally significant uncertainty and the normative multivalence surrounding virtually all "facts" in the trial court, and, I might add, in the world.
In terms of truth, the mismatch problem recounts the antagonism between bivalence and multivalence, between the black-or-white and the gray.
Burn is a Scots dialect word for river or stream, and in its punning multivalence it makes an apt title for the collection.
Through the use of personae and different speaking voices, irony could create a distance and broaden the sphere of relations between the author and the speaker, endowing the poem with creative multivalence.
That is to sag the essential character of symbolism is its multivalence, its capacity to have several meanings, the unity between which is not evident on the plane of immediate experience.