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dynamism

[dahy-nuh-miz-uh m] /ˈdaɪ nəˌmɪz əm/
noun
1.
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).
2.
great energy, force, or power; vigor:
the dynamism of the new governor.
3.
Psychology. a habitual mode of reducing or eliminating tension.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; dynam- + -ism
Related forms
dynamist, noun
dynamistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dynamistic

dynamism

/ˈdaɪnəˌmɪzəm/
noun
1.
(philosophy) any of several theories that attempt to explain phenomena in terms of an immanent force or energy Compare mechanism (sense 5), vitalism
2.
the forcefulness of an energetic personality
Derived Forms
dynamist, noun
dynamistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dynamistic

dynamism

n.

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

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