- any theory holding that criteria of judgment are relative, varying with individuals and their environments.
Origin of relativism
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for relativism
The former view is relativism, the latter is absolutism, in the matter of truth.Pragmatism
Jefferson's relativism is even more clearly marked in the last chapter, which forms the real conclusion of the book.Thomas Jefferson
If this one exception is granted, the whole illusory universe of relativism is overthrown.Outspoken Essays
William Ralph Inge
The inevitable consequence is that we imprison ourselves hopelessly in the affirmation of Kantian relativism.A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson
Edouard le Roy
- any theory holding that truth or moral or aesthetic value, etc, is not universal or absolute but may differ between individuals or culturesSee also historicism
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
Word Origin and History for relativism
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The doctrine that no ideas or beliefs are universally true but that all are, instead, “relative” — that is, their validity depends on the circumstances in which they are applied.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.