- the doctrine or practice of vigorous action or involvement as a means of achieving political or other goals, sometimes by demonstrations, protests, etc.
- a theory that the essence of reality is pure activity, especially spiritual activity, or process.
- a theory that the relationship between the mind and the objects of perception depends upon the action of the mind.
Origin of activism
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Examples from the Web for activism
SEIU is one of the most powerful unions in the country and known for its activism.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
But we also live with healing, with love, with activism, with a voice.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
“Before 2011 I always saw my activism for LGBTI rights in mostly academic terms,” he said.How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile
December 9, 2014
Some of her calls for activism read as warmed-over tracts from decades ago.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing
November 17, 2014
Mixner, both passionate and pragmatic, found a focus in his activism.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
This practical idealism Eucken described by the term “Activism.”
This leads to the distinctive form of Eucken's philosophy of life, known as Activism.Six Major Prophets
Edwin Emery Slosson
It is detrimental to Activism itself if it takes the problem of life lightly.
PEN grew quickly to become an international advocate for freedom of expression and continues its activism to this day.Songs for Parents
The Mysticism he opposes is of the type that is virtually the negation of the Activism which is to him fundamental.
- a policy of taking direct and often militant action to achieve an end, esp a political or social one
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Word Origin and History for activism
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