monism

noun
mo·​nism | \ ˈmō-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce monism (audio) , ˈmä- How to pronounce monism (audio) \

Definition of monism

1a : a view that there is only one kind of ultimate substance
b : the view that reality is one unitary organic whole with no independent parts
3 : a viewpoint or theory that reduces all phenomena to one principle

Other Words from monism

monist \ ˈmō-​nist How to pronounce monism (audio) , ˈmä-​ \ noun
monistic \ mō-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce monism (audio) , mä-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of monism

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for monism

German Monismus, from mon- + -ismus -ism

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“Monism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monism. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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