dy·​na·​mism | \ ˈdī-nə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce dynamism (audio) \

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 \ ˈdī-​nə-​mist How to pronounce dynamism (audio) \ noun
dynamistic \ ˌdī-​nə-​ˈmi-​stik How to pronounce dynamism (audio) \ 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 Importantly, this dynamism and divergence in expectations for company ESG data go beyond the investor community. R. Mukund, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 As the firelight moves different horses are illuminated, giving a sense of dynamism to the art. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2022 That’s the kind of dynamism that leads to a long career. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2022 Most of today’s successful nation-states are conglomerations of racial, ethnic and religious groups that have become, on balance, sources of dynamism rather than conflict. Christopher Demuth, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 But this remarkable dynamism, some researchers argue, is a double-edged sword. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 First, its peplum-ish ruffle is sort of genius, giving dynamism and playfulness while maintaining the lean column shape Kidman favors. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Mar. 2022 Matthew’s also got a great sense of the camera’s dynamism and its dizzying kinetic qualities for an audience. Simon Thompson, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Research shows migrants are predominantly young adults, who bring dynamism and energy and new ideas and, oh boy, by the way, children. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dynamism

circa 1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dynamism

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

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“Dynamism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamism. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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