ac·​tu·​al·​ism | \ ˈak-chə(-wə)-ˌli-zəm, -shə- \
plural -s

Definition of actualism

1 : 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
2 : the theory that the self is a bundle of successive perceptions rather than a unified substance or entity
3 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

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First Known Use of actualism

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for actualism

actual entry 1 + -ism

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“Actualism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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