Spen·​ce·​ri·​an·​ism spen-ˈsir-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Spencerianism (audio)
: the synthetic philosophy of Herbert Spencer that has as its central idea the mechanistic evolution of the cosmos from relative simplicity to relative complexity

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Spencerianism was in 1881

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“Spencerianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spencerianism. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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