[ uh-sen-shuh-liz-uhm ]
/ əˈsɛn ʃəˌlɪz əm /
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM essentialismes·sen·tial·ist, noun, adjective
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The objection to boycotting begins with its essentialist bigotry that attacks Israel as an entity rather than Israeli policy.
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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