structuralism

noun struc·tur·al·ism \ ˈstrək-chə-rə-ˌli-zəm , ˈstrək-shrə- \

Definition of structuralism

1 : psychology concerned especially with resolution of the mind into structural elements
2 : structural linguistics
3 : an anthropological movement associated especially with Claude Lévi-Strauss that seeks to analyze social relationships in terms of highly abstract relational structures often expressed in a logical symbolism
4 : a method of analysis (as of a literary text or a political system) that is related to cultural anthropology and that focuses on recurring patterns of thought and behavior

structuralist

play \ˈstrək-chə-rə-list, ˈstrək-shrə-\ noun or adjective

First Known Use of structuralism

1907

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

structuralism

noun struc·tur·al·ism \ ˈstrək-chə-rə-ˌliz-əm, ˈstrək-shrə- \

medical Definition of structuralism

: psychology concerned especially with resolution of the mind into structural elements


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up structuralism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to seize or ascribe

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!