Definitions of positivism
  1. noun
    a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness
    synonyms: positiveness, positivity
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    negativeness, negativism, negativity
    characterized by habitual skepticism and a disagreeable tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands
    assertiveness, self-assertiveness
    aggressive self-assurance; given to making bold assertions
    bumptiousness, cockiness, forwardness, pushiness
    offensive boldness and assertiveness
    type of:
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  2. noun
    the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)
    synonyms: logical positivism
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    Auguste Comte's positivistic philosophy that metaphysics and theology should be replaced by a hierarchy of sciences from mathematics at the base to sociology at the top
    type of:
    empiricism, empiricist philosophy, sensationalism
    (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
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