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

Definition of positivism

  1. 1a :  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 sciencesb :  logical positivism

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being positive


play \-vist\ adjective or noun


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


play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of positivism

French positivisme, from positif positive + -isme -ism

First Known Use: 1842

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