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mentalism

[ men-tl-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm /
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noun
the doctrine that objects of knowledge have no existence except in the mind of the perceiver.
the doctrine that human conduct reflects the operation of a nonmaterial principle.
any psychological theory that accepts as a proper subject of study the mental basis for human behavior.
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Origin of mentalism

First recorded in 1870–75; mental1 + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM mentalism

men·tal·is·tic, adjectivemen·tal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use mentalism in a sentence

  • This brain-machine mentalism works by asking people to have a specific thought or cognitive experience over and over while inside an fMRI machine.

  • There is but a slender difference between barbarity and senti-mentalism.

    American Sketches|Charles Whibley

British Dictionary definitions for mentalism

mentalism
/ (ˈmɛntəˌlɪzəm) /

noun
philosophy the doctrine that mind is the fundamental reality and that objects of knowledge exist only as aspects of the subject's consciousnessCompare physicalism, idealism (def. 3) See also monism (def. 1), materialism (def. 2)

Derived forms of mentalism

mentalist, nounmentalistic, adjectivementalistically, adverb
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