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  1. a person who believes in the theory of mechanism.
  2. a mechanician.
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Origin of mechanist

First recorded in 1600–10; mechan(ic) + -ist
Related formsan·ti·mech·an·ist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mechanist

Historical Examples

  • These truths are as plain to the mechanist as they are to the vitalist.

    Theism or Atheism

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  • Guttemberg; without knowing it, was the mechanist of the New World.

  • To employ the language of the mechanist, the necessary fall would be otherwise awanting, and the machine would fail to move.

  • John Rennie died; a celebrated Scottish civil engineer and mechanist.

  • Joseph Bramah, a very ingenious English engineer and mechanist, died.

British Dictionary definitions for mechanist


  1. a person who accepts a mechanistic philosophy
  2. another name for a mechanician
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