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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid-19th century


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

Examples of Multivocal in a sentence

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

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

About Multivocal

Multivocal developed from the Latin word "multivocus" ("expressed by many words"), recorded by 19th-century 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 pronounced alike (and often spelled alike), but have different meanings — such as "aunt" and "ant," "byte" and "bite," and "flow" and "floe."

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