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The property of a word or lexeme of having several different meanings, a typical English example being the word kind, which can mean type (a different kind of food); quality (a difference of kind rather than degree); goods or services (payment in kind); something similar (respond to the attack in kind); compassionate (a kind gesture); or cordial (kind regards). Also called polysemia. See also heteronyms, lexical ambiguity. Compare monosemy, polyonymy. polysemous adj. [From Greek polys many + sema a sign]

Subjects: Media Studies — Psychology.

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