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multiplicity n

pl: -ties
1 a : the quality or state of being multiple or various
b : the charging of a single criminal act or offense as multiple separate charges or counts of an indictment or information [ does not require dismissal of the indictment "W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel"] compare duplicity, misjoinder NOTE: Multiplicity raises the risk of violating the double jeopardy protection against receiving multiple sentences for a single offense. Multiplicity is a defect that can be corrected without dismissal of the case.
2 : a great number [joinder is allowed to avoid a of actions]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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