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

Other Words from nominalism

nominalist \ˈnä-mə-nə-list, ˈnäm-nə-list \ noun
nominalist or nominalistic \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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