im·​ma·​te·​ri·​al·​ism | \ ˌi-mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce immaterialism (audio) \

Definition of immaterialism

: a philosophical theory that material things have no reality except as mental perceptions

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immaterialist \ ˌi-​mə-​ˈtir-​ē-​ə-​list How to pronounce immaterialism (audio) \ 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, "Holiday Windows Aren’t Over. Neither, They Say, Is New York.," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of immaterialism

1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Immaterialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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