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[mon-uh-diz-uh m, moh-nad-iz-uh m]
noun Philosophy.
  1. the doctrine of monads as ultimate units of being.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) the philosophy of Leibniz.
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Also mon·ad·ol·o·gy [mon-uh-dol-uh-jee, moh-na‐] /ˌmɒn əˈdɒl ə dʒi, ˌmoʊ næ‐/.

Origin of monadism

First recorded in 1870–75; monad + -ism
Related formsmon·ad·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for monadism

Historical Examples

  • The "Monadism" of the philosopher Leibniz was influenced by these reports.

    A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]

    Wolfram Eberhard

  • In his conception of finite personality he recurs to something like the monadism of Leibnitz.

  • In philosophy it has led to a denial of transient action, and thence to monism or Leibnizian monadism.

British Dictionary definitions for monadism


monadology (ˌmɒnəˈdɒlədʒɪ, ˌməʊ-)

  1. (esp in the writings of Leibnitz) the philosophical doctrine that monads are the ultimate units of reality
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Derived Formsmonadistic, adjective
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