nominalism definition by Webster's New World
a philosophical doctrine of the late Middle Ages that all universal or abstract terms are mere necessities of thought or conveniences of language and therefore exist as names only with no ideal realities corresponding to them
Origin: French nominalisme: see nominal and amp; -ism
nominalism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The doctrine holding that abstract concepts, general terms, or universals have no independent existence but exist only as names.
- nomˈi·nal·ist noun
- nomˌi·nal·isˈtic adjective