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.

Origin of diffusionism

First recorded in 1935–40; diffusion + -ism

Related forms

dif·fu·sion·ist, noun, adjective
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