plural -s
: a philosophical doctrine that all existence is active or spiritual, not inert or dead, or that reality is founded on activity or consists of process
: the theory that the self is a bundle of successive perceptions rather than a unified substance or entity
geology : uniformitarianism sense 1
But a uniformity of causes does not imply a uniformity of rates, intensities, conditions, or results. … Some people consider actualism a better term than uniformitarianism. Processes that actually operate now, or those inferred to operate, can explain features and events of the past.Alan M. Cvancara, A Field Manual For The Amateur Geologist, 1995

Word History


actual entry 1 + -ism

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of actualism was in 1858

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“Actualism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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