- any system or theory that maintains that the real is of the nature of thought or that the object of external perception consists of ideas.
- the tendency to represent things in an ideal form, or as they might or should be rather than as they are, with emphasis on values.
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OTHER WORDS FROM idealisman·ti-i·de·al·ism, nouno·ver·i·de·al·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-idealism
Derived forms of idealismidealist, nounidealistic, adjectiveidealistically, adverb
Cultural definitions for anti-idealism
An approach to philosophy that regards mind, spirit, or ideas as the most fundamental kinds of reality, or at least as governing our experience of the ordinary objects in the world. Idealism is opposed to materialism, naturalism, and realism. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was an idealist; so was Immanuel Kant.