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[ suh b-stan-shuh-liz-uh m ]
/ səbˈstæn ʃəˌlɪz əm /

noun Philosophy.

the doctrine that substantial noumena exist as a basis for phenomena.


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Nearby words

substantia gelatinosa, substantia grisea, substantia medullaris, substantia nigra, substantial, substantialism, substantialize, substantially, substantiate, substantival, substantive

Origin of substantialism

First recorded in 1880–85; substantial + -ism
Related formssub·stan·tial·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for substantialism

  • Thus we are neither adherents of phenomenism, nor of substantialism.

    The Mind and the Brain|Alfred Binet

British Dictionary definitions for substantialism


/ (səbˈstænʃəˌlɪzəm) /

noun philosophy

the doctrine that a substantial reality underlies phenomena
the doctrine that matter is a real substance
Derived Formssubstantialist, noun
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