I'm searching for a term describing the possibility of an entity to be seen many different things at the same time. The general concept of being able to categorize an entity into several context-dependent abstractions.
A car is not only a car, but can be:
- A vehicle
- A toy
- A risk
- A pollutant
- A Faraday's cage
- A source of taxation
- A trap
- A tool
- A weapon
Words that does not capture the proper meaning:
- A car is flexible.
- A car is adaptable.
- A car is versatile.
Words that might work
I need a general noun for describing this property in a ontological context
- Multifacetedness (Does not sound natural)
- Multi-sidedness (Even less natural)
Let's try some sentences
You could be anything you want, [multifacetedness] is universal.
We are not allowing [multifacetedness] in this game, you can only be one thing at a time.
Philosophers all agree, [multifacetedness] is fundamental in how we perceive and make sense of the world.
Is there a better word for this?