nominalism

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

Definition of nominalism

  1. 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. 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

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nominalistic

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

1830

First Known Use of nominalism

1830



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