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mo·nism

 (mō′nĭz′əm, mŏn′ĭz′əm)
n. Philosophy
1. The view in metaphysics that reality is a unified whole and that all existing things can be ascribed to or described by a single concept or system.
2. The doctrine that mind and matter are formed from, or reducible to, the same ultimate substance or principle of being.

mo′nist n.
mo·nis′tic (mō-nĭs′tĭk, mŏ-) adj.
mo·nis′ti·cal·ly adv.

monism

(ˈmɒnɪzəm)
n
1. (Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that the person consists of only a single substance, or that there is no crucial difference between mental and physical events or properties. Compare dualism2 See also materialism2, idealism3
2. (Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that reality consists of an unchanging whole in which change is mere illusion. Compare pluralism5
3. (Philosophy) the epistemological theory that the object and datum of consciousness are identical
4. the attempt to explain anything in terms of one principle only
[C19: from Greek monos single + -ism]
ˈmonist n, adj
moˈnistic, moˈnistical adj
moˈnistically adv

mon•ism

(ˈmɒn ɪz əm, ˈmoʊ nɪz əm)

n.
1.
a. (in metaphysics) any of various theories holding that there is only one basic substance or principle as the ground of reality or that reality consists of a single element. Compare dualism (def. 2a), pluralism (def. 1a).
b. (in epistemology) a theory that the object and datum of cognition are identical.
2. the reduction of all processes, structures, etc., to a single governing principle.
3. the notion that there is only one causal factor in history.
[1860–65; < German Monismus. See mon-, -ism]
mon′ist, n.
mo•nis•tic (məˈnɪs tɪk, moʊ-) mo•nis′ti•cal, adj.
mo•nis′ti•cal•ly, adv.

monism

1. Metaphysics. a theory that only one basic substance or principle exists as the ground of reality. Cf. dualism, pluralism.
2. Metaphysics. a theory that reality consists of a single element. Cf. pluralism.
3. Epistemology. a theory that the object and the sense datum of cognition are identical. — monist, n.monistic, monistical, adj.
See also: Philosophy
Epistemology. a theory that the object and datum of cognition are identical.
See also: Knowledge
Metaphysics. any of various theories holding that there is only one basic substance or principle that is the ground of reality. — monist, n. — monistic, monistical, adj.
See also: Matter
the theory that there is only one causal factor in history, as intellect or nature. — monist, n. — monistic, adj.
See also: History

monism

The belief that all things are unified, or that they are all explained ultimately on one single principle or law.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monism - the doctrine that reality consists of a single basic substance or element
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
pluralism - the doctrine that reality consists of several basic substances or elements