- any of various theories or philosophical systems that seek to explain phenomena of nature by the action of force.Compare mechanism(def 8), vitalism(def 1).
- great energy, force, or power; vigor: the dynamism of the new governor.
- Psychology. a habitual mode of reducing or eliminating tension.
Origin of dynamism
Related formsdy·na·mist, noundy·na·mis·tic, adjective
First recorded in 1825–35; dynam-
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British Dictionary definitions for dynamist
Derived Formsdynamist, noundynamistic, adjective
- philosophy any of several theories that attempt to explain phenomena in terms of an immanent force or energyCompare mechanism (def. 5), vitalism
- the forcefulness of an energetic personality
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Word Origin and History for dynamist
1831, "dynamic energy, force, drive," from Greek dynamis "power, might, strength" (see dynamic (adj.)) + -ism. As a philosophical system, from 1857.
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