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or Ock·ham

[ok-uh m]
  1. William of,died 1349?, English scholastic philosopher.
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Related formsOc·cam·ism, nounOc·cam·ist, Oc·cam·ite, nounOc·cam·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for occam

Historical Examples

  • The succession, as it were, of Occam to Duns Scotus, is of great interest.

    The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)

    Henry Osborn Taylor

  • Here Occam would not follow him, as Aristotle would not follow Plato.

  • Occam's razor will enable us at once to cut off such a theory.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

  • The cause of the Nominalists was almost desperate, till Occam in the fourteenth century revived the dying embers.

  • He found in one of the later schoolmen, Occam, whom he preferred to all others, an opinion which he embraced.

British Dictionary definitions for occam


  1. a variant spelling of (William of) Ockham
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