environmentalism

noun en·vi·ron·men·tal·ism \ in-ˌvī-rə(n)-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm , -ˌvī(-ə)r(n)- \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of environmentalism

1 : a theory that views environment rather than heredity as the important factor in the development and especially the cultural and intellectual development of an individual or group
2 : advocacy of the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment; especially : the movement to control pollution

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1917

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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environmentalism

noun en·vi·ron·men·tal·ism \ -ˌvī-rən-ˈment-ᵊl-ˌiz-əm, -ˌvī(-ə)rn- \

medical Definition of environmentalism

: a theory that views environment rather than heredity as the important factor in the development and especially the cultural and intellectual development of an individual or group


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