Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to dualistic: Dualistic theory


 (do͞o′ə-lĭz′əm, dyo͞o′-)
1. The condition of being double; duality.
2. Philosophy The view that the world consists of or is explicable as two fundamental entities, such as mind and matter.
3. Psychology The view that mental and physical properties are fundamentally different and that neither can be explained fully in terms of the other.
4. Theology
a. The concept that the world is ruled by the antagonistic forces of good and evil.
b. The concept that humans have two basic natures, the physical and the spiritual.

du′al·ist n.
du′al·is′tic adj.
du′al·is′ti·cal·ly adv.


(ˌdu əˈlɪs tɪk, ˌdyu-)

1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of dualism.
2. dual; twofold.
du`al•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dualistic - of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of dualism; "a Manichaean conflict between good and evil"


References in classic literature ?
The system of Spinoza is less personal and also less dualistic than that of Descartes.
He questions the assumption that reality is to be understood as a dualistic two-story structure, with the transcendent realm situated above the natural real--natural and supernatural.
Jason Zhou lives in a dualistic Taipei where the rich can buy everything, including longer lifetimes.
The fact that both ended up with a highly dualistic outcome is the crux of the problem outlined by Song; her argument focusses on the fact that two similar economies approached labor market reform in two very different ways and arrived at similar outcomes.
In turn, her ideas contributed to the rise of a feminist consciousness that recognized the personal as political and rejected dualistic notions of gender and sex.
Goldthorpe demonstrates continuity between the dualistic colonial economy (an economy divided between a foreign-owned, modern, capital intensive, large-scale sector, and the local, traditional, labor-intensive, small-scale sector), though, following Drabble, he points out in regard to the colonial economy that "the dualistic paradigm, whilst useful as an analytical device, tends to draw distinctions sharper than those observable in Malaya at this time.
O'Neill [2] introduced the concept of dualistic partial metric, which is more general than partial metric, and established a robust relationship between dualistic partial metric and quasi metric.
Too many hymns conclude with a dualistic verse about going to heaven after we die (see, for instance, Sweet Hour of Prayer, All the Way My Saviour Leads Me, Away in a Manger).
A majority of Ethiopian evangelicals have a dualistic worldview, that is, a "split vision worldview .
Mandaeans are an ethno-religious community, practicing Mandaeism, which is a Gnostic religion with a strongly dualistic worldview.
Dante and Epicurus: A Dualistic Vision of Secular and Spiritual Fulfillment.
In the legal form of the SE, the company will continue to operate with a dualistic system consisting of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board.