[struhk-cher-uh-liz-uh m]


Origin of structuralism

First recorded in 1945–50; structural + -ism
Related formsstruc·tur·al·ist, noun, adjectivestruc·tur·al·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·struc·tur·al·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an approach to anthropology and other social sciences and to literature that interprets and analyses its material in terms of oppositions, contrasts, and hierarchical structures, esp as they might reflect universal mental characteristics or organizing principlesCompare functionalism
an approach to linguistics that analyses and describes the structure of language, as distinguished from its comparative and historical aspects
Derived Formsstructuralist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for structuralism

1907, originally in psychology; see structural + -ism.

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