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 evilb : a view of human beings as constituted of two irreducible elements (such as matter and spirit)
dualistplay \-list\ noun
dualisticplay \ˌdü-ə-ˈlis-tik, ˌdyü-\ adjective
dualisticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of dualism in a Sentence
the dualism of human nature
the dualism of good and evil
Recent Examples of dualism from the Web
The philosophy teaches non-dualism, the idea that there are no substantial differences between individual elements of the physical and spiritual worlds.
Borderline looks unblinkingly at the false dualisms that often cloud ecological debates.
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First Known Use of dualism
DUALISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dualism for English Language Learners
philosophy : the idea or belief that everything has two opposite parts or principles
: the quality or state of having two different or opposite parts or elements
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
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