hylomorphism

[ hahy-luh-mawr-fiz-uhm ]
/ ˌhaɪ ləˈmɔr fɪz əm /

noun Philosophy.

the theory that every physical object is composed of two principles, an unchanging prime matter and a form deprived of actuality with every substantial change of the object.

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Origin of hylomorphism

First recorded in 1885–90; hylo- + -morphism

OTHER WORDS FROM hylomorphism

hy·lo·mor·phist, noun

Words nearby hylomorphism

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British Dictionary definitions for hylomorphism

hylomorphism
/ (ˌhaɪləˈmɔːfɪzəm) /

noun

the philosophical doctrine that identifies matter with the first cause of the universe
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