phe·​nom·​e·​nal·​ism fi-ˈnä-mə-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce phenomenalism (audio)
: a theory that limits knowledge to phenomena only
: a theory that all knowledge is of phenomena and that what is construed to be perception of material objects is simply perception of sense-data
phenomenalist noun or adjective
phenomenalistic adjective
phenomenalistically adverb

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of phenomenalism was circa 1865

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“Phenomenalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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