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hylozoism

[ hahy-luh-zoh-iz-uhm ]
/ ˌhaɪ ləˈzoʊ ɪz əm /
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noun Philosophy.
the doctrine that matter is inseparable from life, which is a property of matter.
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Origin of hylozoism

1670–80; hylo- + zo- (stem of Greek zōḗ) life + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM hylozoism

hy·lo·zo·ic, adjectivehy·lo·zo·ist, nounhy·lo·zo·is·tic, adjectivehy·lo·zo·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hylozoism

hylozoism
/ (ˌhaɪləˈzəʊɪzəm) /

noun
the philosophical doctrine that life is one of the properties of matter

Derived forms of hylozoism

hylozoic, adjectivehylozoist, nounhylozoistic, adjectivehylozoistically, adverb

Word Origin for hylozoism

C17: hylo- + Greek zōē life
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