: a doctrine that ideas are instruments of action and that their usefulness determines their truth
Examples of instrumentalism in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebDoubtless not a few of them harbor a special disdain for American Evangelicalism, with its gaudy, prosperous instrumentalism.
James Wood, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020
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