noun es·sen·tial·ism \i-ˈsen(t)-shə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of essentialism

  1. 1 :  an educational theory that ideas and skills basic to a culture should be taught to all alike by time-tested methods — compare progressivism

  2. 2 :  a philosophical theory ascribing ultimate reality to essence embodied in a thing perceptible to the senses — compare nominalism

  3. 3 :  the practice of regarding something (as a presumed human trait) as having innate existence or universal validity rather than as being a social, ideological, or intellectual construct


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