a theory that history is determined by immutable laws and not by human agency.
a theory that all cultural phenomena are historically determined and that historians must study each period without imposing any personal or absolute value
a profound or excessive respect for historical institutions, as laws or traditions.
a search for laws of historical evolution
that would explain and predict historical phenomena.
Origin: 1890–95; historic Related forms
; compare German Historismus
historicist, noun, adjective