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rel·a·tiv·ism

 (rĕl′ə-tĭ-vĭz′əm)
n. Philosophy
The theory that value judgments, as of truth, beauty, or morality, have no universal validity but are valid only for the persons or groups holding them.
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relativism

(ˈrɛlətɪˌvɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) any theory holding that truth or moral or aesthetic value, etc, is not universal or absolute but may differ between individuals or cultures. See also historicism
ˈrelativist n, adj
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rel•a•tiv•ism

(ˈrɛl ə təˌvɪz əm)

n.
any theory of knowledge, truth, morality, etc., holding that criteria of judgment may vary with individuals and their environments.
[1860–65]
rel′a•tiv•ist, n.
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relativism

any theory maintaining that criteria of judgment vary with individuals and their environments; relationism. Cf. ethical relativism.relativist, n.relativistic, adj.
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relativism

The view that there are no absolute truths or values.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.relativism - (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that all criteria of judgment are relative to the individuals and situations involved
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
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Translations
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relativismo

relativism

[ˈrelətɪvɪzəm] Nrelativismo m
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relativism

nRelativismus m
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