noun, often capitalized
con·​struc·​tiv·​ism | \ kən-ˈstrək-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce constructivism (audio) \

Definition of constructivism

: a nonobjective art movement originating in Russia and concerned with formal organization of planes and expression of volume in terms of modern industrial materials (such as glass and plastic)

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constructivist \ kən-​ˈstrək-​ti-​vist How to pronounce constructivism (audio) \ adjective or noun, often capitalized

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Recent Examples on the Web Cognitive dissonance must afflict anyone advocating for social constructivism in today’s rigidly neoliberal corporate environment. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "The Wages of Whiteness," 8 Sep. 2020 For young historians like Wallace, this shake-up felt like a changing of the guard that occurred alongside academia’s adoption of a new theory called social constructivism, which placed artifacts in a broader cultural and social context. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Players Around the World Gobbled Up Pac-Man," 22 May 2020 That’s also the case with the approach known as constructivism — the idea that every society’s scientific theories are a social construct, like its political institutions, and have to be understood as coming out of a particular cultural milieu. Quanta Magazine, "Science’s Path From Myth to Multiverse," 17 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of constructivism

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Constructivism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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