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/ əˈkeɪ ʒə nlˌɪz əm /

noun Philosophy.

a theory that there is no natural interaction between mind and matter, but that God makes mental events correspond to physical perceptions and actions.


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Origin of occasionalism

First recorded in 1835–45; occasional + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM occasionalism

oc·ca·sion·al·ist, nounoc·ca·sion·al·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for occasionalism

/ (əˈkeɪʒənəˌlɪzəm) /


the post-Cartesian theory that the seeming interconnection of mind and matter is effected by God
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