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

Word History

First Known Use

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 20 Jul. 2024.

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