relativism

noun rel·a·tiv·ism \ ˈre-lə-ti-ˌvi-zəm \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of relativism

1 a : a theory that knowledge is relative to the limited nature of the mind and the conditions of knowing
b : a view that ethical truths depend on the individuals and groups holding them

relativist

play \ˈre-lə-tə-vist\ noun

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First Known Use of relativism

1865

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Definition of relativism for English Language Learners

  • : the belief that different things are true, right, etc., for different people or at different times



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