du·​al·​ism | \ ˈdü-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce dualism (audio) also ˈdyü- \

Definition of dualism

1 : a theory that considers reality to consist of two irreducible elements or modes
2 : the quality or state of being dual or of having a dual nature
3a : a doctrine that the universe is under the dominion of two opposing principles one of which is good and the other evil
b : a view of human beings as constituted of two irreducible elements (such as matter and spirit)

Other Words from dualism

dualist \ ˈdü-​ə-​list How to pronounce dualism (audio) , ˈdyü-​ \ noun
dualistic \ ˌdü-​ə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce dualism (audio) , ˌdyü-​ \ adjective
dualistically \ ˌdü-​ə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dualism (audio) , ˌdyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of dualism in a Sentence

the dualism of human nature the dualism of good and evil
Recent Examples on the Web Our culture’s long-standing dualism endures in the popular notion that the mind is a software program running on the hardware of our physical forms. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 25 Apr. 2022 That dualism is at the core of Lucius – different things making a new, better whole. Marissa R Moss, SPIN, 13 Apr. 2022 This is known as technical-social dualism, the idea that the technical and social dimensions of engineering problems are readily separable and remain distinct throughout the problem-definition and solution process. Grace Wickerson, Scientific American, 24 Feb. 2022 This tendency to view the mind as distinct from the body is called dualism. Iris Berent, Scientific American, 10 Dec. 2021 There is more to our infatuation with the brain than just dualism, however. Iris Berent, Scientific American, 10 Dec. 2021 But the idea that mind and body responses are separate (an ancient philosophical idea called mind-body dualism) is long debunked. Eleanor Morgan, refinery29.com, 12 Nov. 2021 This reference to the Andean concept of dualism had, for him, become a shorthand explanation for exactly this conundrum. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 This dualism evokes a robust tradition of scholarship on the aesthetics of the Web. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dualism

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dualism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dualism. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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du·​al·​ism | \ ˈd(y)ü-ə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce dualism (audio) \

Medical Definition of dualism

1 : a theory that considers reality to consist of two irreducible elements or modes (as mind and matter)
2 : a theory in hematology holding that the blood cells arise from two kinds of stem cells one of which yields lymphatic elements and the other myeloid elements

Other Words from dualism

dualist \ -​ə-​ləst How to pronounce dualism (audio) \ noun
dualistic \ ˌd(y)ü-​ə-​ˈlis-​tik How to pronounce dualism (audio) \ adjective

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