occasionalism

[ uh-key-zhuh-nl-iz-uh m ]
/ 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.

QUIZZES

PRACTICE SOME ESCAPISM WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We salute you if you remember all the doovers from Word of the Day between May 25 and May 31!
Question 1 of 7
salute

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for occasionalism

British Dictionary definitions for occasionalism

occasionalism
/ (əˈkeɪʒənəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

the post-Cartesian theory that the seeming interconnection of mind and matter is effected by God
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012