nominalism

noun nom·i·nal·ism \ ˈnä-mə-nə-ˌli-zəm , ˈnäm-nə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of nominalism

1 : a theory that there are no universal essences in reality and that the mind can frame no single concept or image corresponding to any universal or general term
2 : the theory that only individuals and no abstract entities (such as essences, classes, or propositions) exist — compare essentialism, realism

nominalist

play \ˈnä-mə-nə-list, ˈnäm-nə-list\ noun

nominalist

or nominalistic play \ˌnä-mə-nə-ˈli-stik, ˌnäm-nə-ˈli-\ adjective

First Known Use of nominalism

1830

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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