dialectical materialism


Definition of dialectical materialism

: the Marxist theory that maintains the material basis of a reality constantly changing in a dialectical process and the priority of matter over mind — compare historical materialism

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Recent Examples on the Web Few of the younger nationalists there would likely have realized that the man writing a magnum opus on dialectical materialism on the outskirts of Jakarta was the revolutionary of legend. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of dialectical materialism

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dialectical materialism was in 1898

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“Dialectical materialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dialectical%20materialism. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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