ex·​ter·​nal·​ism ek-ˈstər-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce externalism (audio)
: attention to externals
especially : excessive preoccupation with externals

Examples of externalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manzotti’s brand of externalism is still a minority position in the world of consciousness studies. Meghan O’Gieblyn, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of externalism was in 1856

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“Externalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/externalism. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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