dy·​na·​mism ˈdī-nə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce dynamism (audio)
philosophy : a theory that all phenomena (such as matter or motion) can be explained as manifestations of force (see force entry 1 sense 4) compare mechanism
: dynamics sense 2
population dynamism
: a dynamic (see dynamic entry 1 sense 1) or expansionist quality
the dynamism of a natural leader
dynamist noun
dynamistic adjective

Examples of dynamism in a Sentence

He has the dynamism of a natural leader. voters were attracted to the young challenger's dynamism, charisma, and progressive ideas
Recent Examples on the Web Ari Aster’s regular cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski brings a dizzying fluidity to the action sequences, and some interesting moments of handheld chaos to the family dynamic, though the rest of the film is strangely flat and lacks some visual dynamism. Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2023 Both are sculptural and positioning them together creates a unique dynamism. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 9 Aug. 2023 And while the organization has interest in more lifestyle programming for kids and already moved into late night comedy with the co-viewing preschool series The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, puppetry remains unmatched in its dynamism for a global country with a presence in 160 countries. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2023 Del Rey, though, seems to understand something about the song’s tension and dynamism, its paradoxical earnest irony. Lindsay Zoladz, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 Some critics attributed this decline in pharmaceutical dynamism to the perverse incentives of the career bureaucrat. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 There’s an ongoing push to harness its dynamism without fueling its atrophy. Arcelia Martin, Dallas News, 15 June 2023 The West’s industrial policies now have to play a tricky balancing act, targeting distortions caused by Chinese policies, while still reinforcing the dynamism of a market economy. Mary Hui, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2023 The gig economy, a realm once celebrated for its convenience and dynamism, is standing at a crossroads. David Astoria, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French dynamisme, from dynamique dynamic entry 1 + -isme -ism

First Known Use

circa 1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dynamism was circa 1857

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“Dynamism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamism. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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