A way of life in which a community has no permanent settlement but moves from place to place, usually seasonally and within a defined territory. For hunting and gathering societies, nomadism does not imply aimless wandering, but suggests an organized rotation of settlements to ensure maximum use of available natural resources.
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How to use nomadism in a sentence
His extreme nomadism had an air of almost absurd implausibility from the first.
Agriculture therefore was a religious injunction, because of the perils of the state from nomadism.Essays, First Series | Ralph Waldo Emerson
Agriculture is a peaceful occupation, the pursuit of which breeds out the physical strength of nomadism.Folkways | William Graham Sumner
They were the outposts of civilization towards the encroaching desert, and the Tatar nomadism that advanced with it.
nomadism—if accompanied by poverty—is criminal in modern Society.Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure | Edward Carpenter
Their nomadism has too often been regarded as an aimless wandering.The Argentine Republic | Pierre Denis