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The doctrine holding that abstract concepts, general terms, or universals have no independent existence but exist only as names.
ˈnominalist n, adj
nom•i•nal•ism(ˈnɒm ə nlˌɪz əm)
the philosophical 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 conceptualism (def. 1), realism (def. 5a).
[1830–40; < French nominalisme. See nominal]
Medieval Philosophy. the doctrine that abstract words or universals do not represent objectively existing entities, and that universals are only names applied to individual physical particulars that alone exist objectively. — nominalist, n., adj. — nominalistic, adj.See also: Philosophy
The view that universals such as “the true” exist in name only and do not actually exist.
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|Noun||1.||nominalism - (philosophy) the doctrine that the various objects labeled by the same term have nothing in common but their name|
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics