[ struhk-cher-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈstrʌk tʃər əˌlɪz əm /


Origin of structuralism

First recorded in 1945–50; structural + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM structuralism

struc·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. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for structuralist

/ (ˈstrʌktʃərəˌlɪzəm) /


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 forms of structuralism

structuralist, noun, adjective
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