representationalism

noun

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

Examples of representationalism in a Sentence

the artist eventually abandoned the representationalism of his earlier work

Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of representationalism was in 1842

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“Representationalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/representationalism. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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