dualism

noun du·al·ism \ ˈdü-ə-ˌli-zəm 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
3 a :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)

dualist

play \-list\ noun

dualistic

play \ˌdü-ə-ˈlis-tik, ˌdyü-\ adjective

dualistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of dualism in a Sentence

  1. the dualism of human nature

  2. the dualism of good and evil

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First Known Use of dualism

1794


DUALISM Defined for English Language Learners

dualism

noun

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 Dictionary

dualism

noun du·al·ism \ ˈd(y)ü-ə-ˌliz-əm \

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

dualist

play \-ə-ləst\ noun

dualistic

play \ˌd(y)ü-ə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective


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