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[in-ter-ak-shuh-niz-uh m] /ˌɪn tərˈæk ʃəˌnɪz əm/
noun, Philosophy
a theory that the mind and the body may each affect the other.
Origin of interactionism
1900-05; interaction + -ism
Related forms
interactionist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for interactionist
  • Criminologists believe in one of three perspectives: the consensus view, the conflict view, or the interactionist view.
  • Sociocultural theory holds a strongly interactionist view of language learning.
British Dictionary definitions for interactionist


(philosophy) the dualistic doctrine that holds that mind and body have a causal effect upon one another, as when pricking one's finger (physical) causes pain (mental), or an embarrassing memory (mental) causes one to blush (physical) Compare parallelism (sense 3)
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