[ uh-sen-shuh-liz-uhm ]
/ əˈsɛn ʃəˌlɪz əm /
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Philosophy. a doctrine that the inward, or essential, nature of most things is invariable, as opposed to the properties that are accidental, phenomenal, illusory, etc.
Education. a doctrine that certain traditional concepts, ideals, and skills are essential to society and should be taught methodically to all students, regardless of individual ability, need, etc.Compare progressive education.
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OTHER WORDS FROM essentialismes·sen·tial·ist, noun, adjective
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How to use essentialism in a sentence
You talk about how can you make sure your kids don’t fall into “bro-ism” and “locker room essentialism.”
Try raising the matter of Arab or Muslim essentialism at a Harvard Square dinner party.Barack Obama’s Cairo Speech, and His Israel Problem|Marty Peretz|February 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for essentialism
/ (ɪˈsɛnʃəˌlɪzəm) /
philosophy one of a number of related doctrines which hold that there are necessary properties of things, that these are logically prior to the existence of the individuals which instantiate them, and that their classification depends upon their satisfaction of sets of necessary conditions
the doctrine that education should concentrate on teaching basic skills and encouraging intellectual self-discipline
Derived forms of essentialismessentialist, noun
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