conventionalism

[ kuhn-ven-shuh-nl-iz-uhm ]
/ kənˈvɛn ʃə nlˌɪz əm /

noun

adherence to or advocacy of conventional attitudes or practices.
something conventional, as an expression or attitude.
Philosophy. the view that fundamental principles are validated by definition, agreement, or convention.

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Origin of conventionalism

First recorded in 1825–35; conventional + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM conventionalism

an·ti·con·ven·tion·al·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for conventionalism

conventionalism
/ (kənˈvɛnʃənəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

advocacy of or conformity to that which is established
something conventional
philosophy a theory that moral principles are not enshrined in the nature of things but merely reflect customary practice
philosophy the theory that meaning is a matter of convention and thus that scientific laws merely reflect such general linguistic agreement

Derived forms of conventionalism

conventionalist, noun
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