[ rep-ri-zen-tey-shuh-nl-iz-uh m, -zuh n- ]
/ ˌrɛp rɪ zɛnˈteɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əm, -zən- /
Also called representative realism. Epistemology. the view that the objects of perception are ideas or sense data that represent external objects, especially the Lockean doctrine that the perceived idea represents exactly the primary qualities of the external object.
Fine Arts. the practice or principle of representing or depicting an object in a recognizable manner, especially the portrayal of the surface characteristics of an object as they appear to the eye.
Related formsrep·re·sen·ta·tion·al·ist, nounrep·re·sen·ta·tion·al·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for representationalism
/ (ˌrɛprɪzɛnˈteɪʃənəˌlɪzəm) /
Derived Formsrepresentationalistic, adjectiverepresentationist, noun, adjective
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