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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation);
[syn: positivism, logical positivism]

2. a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness;
[syn: positivity, positiveness, positivism]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Positivism \Pos"i*tiv*ism\, n. A system of philosophy originated by M. Auguste Comte, which deals only with positives. It excludes from philosophy everything but the natural phenomena or properties of knowable things, together with their invariable relations of coexistence and succession, as occurring in time and space. Such relations are denominated laws, which are to be discovered by observation, experiment, and comparison. This philosophy holds all inquiry into causes, both efficient and final, to be useless and unprofitable. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

positivism n 1: the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation) [syn: positivism, logical positivism] 2: a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness [syn: positivity, positiveness, positivism] [ant: negativeness, negativism, negativity]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

55 Moby Thesaurus words for "positivism": Marxism, animalism, atomism, behaviorism, bigotry, commonsense realism, dialectical materialism, dogmaticalness, dogmatism, down-to-earthness, earthiness, earthliness, empiricism, epiphenomenalism, freedom from illusion, hardheadedness, historical materialism, hylomorphism, hylotheism, hylozoism, infallibilism, lack of feelings, materialism, matter-of-factness, mechanism, natural realism, naturalism, new realism, opinionatedness, peremptoriness, physicalism, physicism, positive philosophy, positiveness, practical-mindedness, practicality, practicalness, pragmaticism, pragmatism, rationality, realism, reasonableness, representative realism, saneness, scientism, secularism, self-opinionatedness, sensibleness, sober-mindedness, substantialism, temporality, unidealism, unromanticalness, unsentimentality, worldliness
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

POSITIVISM, n. A philosophy that denies our knowledge of the Real and affirms our ignorance of the Apparent. Its longest exponent is Comte, its broadest Mill and its thickest Spencer.