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 constructivist (audio) \ adjective or noun, often capitalized

Examples of constructivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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