Nominalism



[nom-uh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˈnɒm ə nlˌɪz əm/

noun
1.
(in medieval philosophy) the doctrine that general or abstract words do not stand for objectively existing entities and that universals are no more than names assigned to them.
Compare , (def 5a).
/ˈnɒmɪnəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the philosophical theory that the variety of objects to which a single general word, such as dog, applies have nothing in common but the name Compare conceptualism, realism
n.

1820, “view that treats abstract concepts as names only, not realities,” from French nominalisme (1752), from nominal, from Latin nominalis (see nominal). Related: Nominalist.

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