solipsism


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sol·ip·sism

 (sŏl′ĭp-sĭz′əm, sō′lĭp-)
n.
1. Philosophy The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified.
2. The view that the self is the only reality.

[Latin sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + Latin ipse, self + -ism.]

sol′ip·sist n.
sol′ip·sis′tic adj.

solipsism

(ˈsɒlɪpˌsɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) philosophy the extreme form of scepticism which denies the possibility of any knowledge other than of one's own existence
[C19: from Latin sōlus alone + ipse self]
ˈsolipsist n, adj
ˌsolipˈsistic adj

sol•ip•sism

(ˈsɒl ɪpˌsɪz əm)

n.
1. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
2. self-absorption.
[1880–85; < Latin sōl(us) only, sole1 + ips(e) self + -ism]
sol′ip•sist, n.
sol`ip•sis′tic, adj.

solipsism

the theory that only the self exists or can be proved to exist. Also called panegoism. — solipsist, n.solipsistic, adj.
See also: Philosophy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.solipsism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
Translations
solipsismus
solipsismi

solipsism

[ˈsəʊlɪpsɪzəm] Nsolipsismo m

solipsism

nSolipsismus m

solipsism

[ˈsɒlɪpˌsɪzm] nsolipsismo
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