[ pos-uh-buh-liz-uhm- ]
/ ˈpɒs ə bəˌlɪz əm /
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Sociology. the doctrine that culture may be affected by geographical or environmental conditions but is ultimately determined by social conditions and human agency: Possibilism can be observed in any situation where humans conquer their environment, such as by building roads through arid land.See also geographical determinism, environmental determinism (def. 1).
Politics. a belief in pursuing moderate, practical, or feasible reforms: Libertarian possibilism advocated achieving anarchist ends by participating in the structures of contemporary parliamentary democracy.
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OTHER WORDS FROM possibilismpos·si·bil·ist, noun
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