positivism

Primary Meanings of positivism

1.
n
a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness
2.
n
the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)
Full Definitions of positivism
1

n a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness

Synonyms:
positiveness, positivity
Antonyms:
negativeness, negativism, negativity
characterized by habitual skepticism and a disagreeable tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands
Types:
assertiveness, self-assertiveness
aggressive self-assurance; given to making bold assertions
bumptiousness, cockiness, forwardness, pushiness
offensive boldness and assertiveness
Type of:
quality
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
2

n the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)

Synonyms:
logical positivism
Types:
Comtism
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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