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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The doctrine that the action of the will is a necessary effect of antecedent causes; the theory that the will is subject to the general mechanical law of cause and effect. Also necessitarianism, and rarely necessism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The doctrine of philosophical necessity; necessitarianism.

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  • noun philosophy, metaphysics, theology An extreme form of determinism that holds that all phenomena, including the will, are subject to immutable rules of cause and effect; necessitarianism.


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From necessarian +‎ -ism.


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  • Theory that actions are determined by prior history; fatalism. (from Phrontistery)

    May 24, 2008