atomism definition by Webster's New World
Philos. a theory that the universe is made up of tiny, simple, indivisible particles that cannot be destroyed
Origin: atom plush ism
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- atomist noun, adjective
atomism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The ancient theory of Democritus, Epicurus, and Lucretius, according to which simple, minute, indivisible, and indestructible particles are the basic components of the entire universe.
- A theory according to which social institutions, values, and processes arise solely from the acts and interests of individuals, who thus constitute the only true subject of analysis.
- atˈom·ist noun