Definition of prestabilism
1 : the Leibnizian doctrine of preestablished harmony of body and mind
2 : the Kantian view that the living organism embodies an initial tendency implanted by the first cause whereby its kind is reproduced
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Origin and Etymology of prestabilism
German prästabilismus, from prästabilieren to preestablish (from prä- pre- + stabilieren to establish, from Latin stabilire) + -ismus -ism — more at establish
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