diffusionism

[ dih-fyoo-zhuh-niz-uh m ]
/ dɪˈfyu ʒəˌnɪz əm /

noun Anthropology.

the theory or principle that diffusion is the main force in cultural innovation and change.

Nearby words

  1. diffusion anoxia,
  2. diffusion coefficient,
  3. diffusion hypoxia,
  4. diffusion line,
  5. diffusion respiration,
  6. diffusive,
  7. diffusivity,
  8. diffusor,
  9. diflorasone diacetate,
  10. difluence

Origin of diffusionism

First recorded in 1935–40; diffusion + -ism

Related formsdif·fu·sion·ist, noun, adjective

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