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 dynamist (audio) \ noun
dynamistic \ ˌdī-​nə-​ˈmi-​stik How to pronounce dynamistic (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 The pictures’ initial impression is one of visual dynamism, modernist angles slamming into tropes of Friedrich-era Romanticism: soaring trees, billowing vapor, nature seen through a doorway. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, "The Master of Unknowing," 25 Apr. 2020 But American conservatism is different, or so says former Republican commentator George Will, who argues that in the United States, looking to the past, to the Constitution and its framers’ ideals, ensures change and dynamism. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The most radical Americans of 2019 are the ethical conservatives," 27 Dec. 2019 Often this slowdown—also seen in other rich countries—is taken as a sign that economic policy has failed, and that policymakers must inject stimulus or somehow restore capitalism’s lost dynamism. The Economist, "Slower is better Is low economic growth a sign of success?," 23 Jan. 2020 The dynamism and fluidity that Salah offers Liverpool was sorely missed. SI.com, "Liverpool Must Signal Intent With X-Factor Signings & Relieve the Burden on Mohamed Salah," 21 Oct. 2019 As their supporters are fond of pointing out, small businesses are a driving engine of U.S. economic growth and dynamism. Washington Post, "Amazon Is Saving Retail, Not Destroying It," 30 July 2019 His work evoked a hopeful time of dynamism and change in West Africa. Robert Frank, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 24 Apr. 2020 The dynamism and almost unwieldy composition activates this painting like none other in the show. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, "Artist Mark Bradford finds allure in the everyday detritus of the world," 22 Apr. 2020 As for the rest of the economy, the dynamism of American capitalism looks pretty good, especially in comparison with the uneven performance of American government. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 16 Apr. 2020

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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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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 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dynamism

somewhat formal : energy and a strong desire to make something happen

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