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externalism

[ ik-stur-nl-iz-uhm ]
/ ɪkˈstɜr nlˌɪz əm /
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noun

attention to externals, especially excessive attention to externals, as in religion.

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Origin of externalism

First recorded in 1855–60; external + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM externalism

ex·ter·nal·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for externalism

externalism
/ (ɪkˈstɜːnəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

exaggerated emphasis on outward form, esp in religious worship
a philosophical doctrine holding that only objects that can be perceived by the senses are real; phenomenalism

Derived forms of externalism

externalist, noun
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