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[dahy-nuh-miz-uh m] /ˈdaɪ nəˌmɪz əm/
any of various theories or philosophical systems that seek to explain phenomena of nature by the action of force.
Compare mechanism (def 8), vitalism (def 1).
great energy, force, or power; vigor:
the dynamism of the new governor.
Psychology. a habitual mode of reducing or eliminating tension.
Origin of dynamism
1825-35; dynam- + -ism
Related forms
dynamist, noun
dynamistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Americans have always been known for their manic dynamism.
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  • It has shared shockingly little of its economic dynamism and new-found prosperity with those around it.
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British Dictionary definitions for dynamism


(philosophy) any of several theories that attempt to explain phenomena in terms of an immanent force or energy Compare mechanism (sense 5), vitalism
the forcefulness of an energetic personality
Derived Forms
dynamist, noun
dynamistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dynamism

1831, "dynamic energy, force, drive," from Greek dynamis "power, might, strength" (see dynamic (adj.)) + -ism. As a philosophical system, from 1857.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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