un nominalistic


(in medieval philosophy) the doctrine that general or abstract words do not stand for objectively existing entities and that universals are no more than names assigned to them. Compare conceptualism, realism ( def 5a ).

1830–40; < French nominalisme. See nominal, -ism

nominalist, noun
nominalistic, adjective
nominalistically, adverb
nonnominalistic, adjective
unnominalistic, adjective
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nominalism (ˈnɒmɪnəˌlɪzəm)
conceptualism Compare realism the philosophical theory that the variety of objects to which a single general word, such as dog, applies have nothing in common but the name
n, —adj

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