dy·​na·​mism | \ˈdī-nə-ˌmi-zəm \

Definition of dynamism 

1a 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

b : dynamics sense 2 population dynamism

2 : a dynamic (see dynamic entry 1 sense 1) or expansionist quality the dynamism of a natural leader

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Other Words from dynamism

dynamist \ -​mist \ noun
dynamistic \ ˌdī-​nə-​ˈmis-​tik \ 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

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Cleveland stands out for its ambition and scope in using literature to empower marginalized groups, foster economic dynamism, and bridge social divides. Christopher Johnston, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cleveland uses literature to empower youth, overcome social divides," 9 July 2018 Lower dynamism was seen in both highly and lightly regulated sectors. Kevin Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Uncommon Knowledge: The impacts of legalization," 9 Feb. 2018 The dethroned champions left without Champions League football, without mounting a defence of any kind and a squad lacking any belief or dynamism needed for a club of Chelsea's size and stature. SI.com, "Exploring the Demise of Antonio Conte: From Chelsea's Enigmatic Leader to Despondent Passenger," 16 May 2018 The rear suspension loses some dynamism with a torsion beam setup replacing the multilink system to save weight, space and cost, and there will always be a whole lot of understeer in tight corners from a front-wheel-drive car. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is betta’, inside and out," 22 May 2018 The Enduring Dance This concept, proposed by Stefanie Rocknak, shares with We Fought for Our Country a sense of dynamism and a deliberate blend of military and Native American dress. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Innovative Memorial Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans," 11 May 2018 Should the young and ambitious from struggling small towns and cities be encouraged to seek their fortune in the hotbeds of dynamism and overpriced Sunday brunch, or does this only sunder family ties and hasten the collapse of the interior? Alec Macgillis, New York Times, "She Didn’t Own a Birth Certificate or Go to School. Yet She Went On to Earn a Ph.D.," 1 Mar. 2018 Sanchez will add some dynamism and unpredictability to a front line that already includes Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. USA TODAY, "Arsenal, Manchester United complete swap deal for Sanchez, Mkhitaryan," 22 Jan. 2018 Successful reforms would help spread stability to a region in chaos, and dynamism to its economies. The Economist, "How to ensure Muhammad bin Salman’s reforms succeed," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of dynamism

circa 1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dynamism

see dynamic entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dynamism

: energy and a strong desire to make something happen

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