Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The political philosophy of avoiding the extremes of right and left by taking a moderate position.

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  • n. Any moderate political philosophy that avoids extremes.

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  • n. a political philosophy of avoiding the extremes of left and right by taking a moderate position or course of action

Etymologies

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centre +‎ -ism

Examples

  • As such, a bolder and more radical centrism is necessary in response.

    Rob Asghar: The Moderate Muslim Contribution and Solution to Islamophobia in America

  • Gene-centrism is still a questionable empirical appeal.

    Darwin's Defenders Go Neo-Lamarckian

  • A good case can be made that in the present political environment, centrism is more likely to be promoted by a Democratic party that uses every parliamentary tool in the books to oppose Republican initiatives until they are moderated, then by Democrats who when pronouncing a plague on extremists in both parties, make no actual contribution to diffusing the extremist policies of the right. continue reading ...

    Balkinization

  • Wedge-centrism is a great example of confirmation bias, where wedge-centric conspiracy theorists pick and choose data to reinforce their conspiracy theories.

    Confirmation Bias and ID

  • Wedge-centrism is a type of conspiracy theory, where a critic uses "The Wedge" as the prism to make sense of disconnected facts.

    A Mystery for the Ages

  • That's the ultimate spectacle of 'centrism' - eventually they must face and do battle with themselves ..

    Poll: McCain Takes National Lead; Even Besting Obama On The Economy

  • As for the 1960s protesters, they have had to cool their rancors to remain on the national scene, and sidle toward "centrism" -- a centrism shaped more by my libertarian and conservative mentors than by their Saul Alinskys and Herbert Marcuses.

    Four Decades of Conservative Journalism

  • At those times what I will call "centrism" -- the identification of the practically stable themes in constitutional law -- presents itself as a non-political position.

    Balkinization

  • Lincoln, accused by the right for being too liberal for Arkansas, has been under attack as well by the left, and labor unions, for her "centrism" - specifically, her refusal to support a public option during the health care battle and her opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act ( "card check").

    NPR Topics: News

  • If you want your message to have an impact, it should be either put in front of the wingnuts themselves, or discussed at a site in which criticizing Obama’s centrism is consistent with the overall slant.

    Think Progress » Santorum excuses Graham’s anti-Muslim comments, calls them ‘reasonable.’

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