rep·​re·​sen·​ta·​tion·​al·​ism | \ ˌre-pri-ˌzen-ˈtā-shnə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce representationalism (audio) , -shə-nᵊl-ˌi- \

Definition of representationalism

1 : the doctrine that the immediate object of knowledge is an idea in the mind distinct from the external object which is the occasion of perception
2 : the theory or practice of realistic representation in art

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representationalist \ ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shnə-​list How to pronounce representationalist (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ist \ noun

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the artist eventually abandoned the representationalism of his earlier work

First Known Use of representationalism

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Representationalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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