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[im-uh-teer-ee-uh-liz-uh m]
  1. the doctrine that there is no material world, but that all things exist only in and for minds.
  2. the doctrine that only immaterial substances or spiritual beings exist.
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Origin of immaterialism

1705–15; immaterial + -ism, modeled on materialism
Related formsim·ma·te·ri·al·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for immaterialism

Historical Examples of immaterialism

  • In this, of course, he is following Hume, though he applies the Johnsonian argument to Berkeley's immaterialism.

    The English Utilitarians, Volume I.

    Leslie Stephen

  • Show the close relationship between atheism and immaterialism.

    The Articles of Faith

    James E. Talmage

  • Here we come upon the issue between materialism and immaterialism.

  • But inasmuch as the notion of metaphysics itself seems to exclude materialism, the vital alternative is that of immaterialism.

  • At what age of the Christian Church this heresy of immaterialism or masked atheism, crept in, I do not exactly know.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Gilbert Chinard

British Dictionary definitions for immaterialism


noun philosophy
  1. the doctrine that the material world exists only in the mind
  2. the doctrine that only immaterial substances or spiritual beings existSee also idealism (def. 3)
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Derived Formsimmaterialist, noun
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