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diffusionism

[dih-fyoo-zhuh-niz-uh m] /dɪˈfyu ʒəˌnɪz əm/
noun, Anthropology.
1.
the theory or principle that diffusion is the main force in cultural innovation and change.
Origin of diffusionism
1935-1940
First recorded in 1935-40; diffusion + -ism
Related forms
diffusionist, noun, adjective
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Contemporary definitions for diffusionist
noun

advocation of the theory of the spread of cultural elements from one area or people to another area or people rather than by independent discovery

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