positivism

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noun pos·i·tiv·ism \ˈpä-zə-ti-ˌvi-zəm, ˈpäz-ti-\

Definition of positivism

  1. 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 b :  logical positivism

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being positive

positivist

play \-vist\ adjective or noun

positivistic

play \ˌpä-zə-ti-ˈvis-tik, ˌpäz-ti-\ adjective

positivistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of positivism

French positivisme, from positif positive + -isme -ism


First Known Use: 1847


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