im·​ma·​te·​ri·​al·​ism ˌi-mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce immaterialism (audio)
: a philosophical theory that material things have no reality except as mental perceptions
immaterialist noun

Examples of immaterialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As George Berkeley, the 18th-century philosopher of immaterialism, might have asked: What are windows without window shoppers to see them? Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of immaterialism was in 1713

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“Immaterialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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