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[suh b-stan-shuh-liz-uh m]
noun Philosophy.
  1. the doctrine that substantial noumena exist as a basis for phenomena.
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Origin of substantialism

First recorded in 1880–85; substantial + -ism
Related formssub·stan·tial·ist, noun
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Historical Examples of substantialism

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

    The Mind and the Brain

    Alfred Binet

British Dictionary definitions for substantialism


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