positivism

noun pos·i·tiv·ism \ ˈpä-zə-ti-ˌvi-zəm , ˈpäz-ti- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of positivism

1 a : a theory that theology and metaphysics are earlier imperfect modes of knowledge and that positive knowledge is based on natural phenomena and their properties and relations as verified by the empirical sciences
2 : the quality or state of being positive

positivist

play \ˈpä-zə-ti-vist, ˈpäz-ti-\ adjective or noun

positivistic

play \ˌpä-zə-ti-ˈvi-stik, ˌpäz-ti-\ adjective

positivistically

play \ˌpä-zə-ti-ˈvi-sti-k(ə-)lē, ˌpäz-ti-\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of positivism

French positivisme, from positif positive + -isme -ism



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