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Pronunciation:  'pâziti`vizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation
  2. [n]  the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)

POSITIVISM is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: logical positivism, positivity
 Antonyms: negativism, negativity
 See Also: Comtism, empiricism, empiricist philosophy, positiveness, quality, sensationalism



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pos"i*tiv*ism\, n.
A system of philosophy originated by M. Auguste Comte, which
deals only with positives. It excludes from philosophy
everything but the natural phenomena or properties of
knowable things, together with their invariable relations of
coexistence and succession, as occurring in time and space.
Such relations are denominated laws, which are to be
discovered by observation, experiment, and comparison. This
philosophy holds all inquiry into causes, both efficient and
final, to be useless and unprofitable.

 Definition: theoretical position that explanations must be empirically verifiable, that there are universal laws in the structure and transformation of human institutions, and that theories which incorporate individualistic elements, such as minds, are not verifiable.
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