interactionism

[ in-ter-ak-shuh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈæk ʃəˌnɪz əm /

noun Philosophy.

a theory that the mind and the body may each affect the other.

Nearby words

  1. interac,
  2. interacinous,
  3. interact,
  4. interactant,
  5. interaction,
  6. interactive,
  7. interactive engineering,
  8. interactive fiction,
  9. interactive video,
  10. interactive whiteboard

Origin of interactionism

First recorded in 1900–05; interaction + -ism

Related formsin·ter·ac·tion·ist, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for interactionist

interactionism

/ (ˌɪntərˈækʃəˌnɪzəm) /

noun

philosophy the dualistic doctrine that holds that mind and body have a causal effect upon one another, as when pricking one's finger (physical) causes pain (mental), or an embarrassing memory (mental) causes one to blush (physical)Compare parallelism (def. 3)
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