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

  • n. Philosophy The doctrine holding that abstract concepts, general terms, or universals have no independent existence but exist only as names.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A doctrine that universals do not have an existence except as names for classes of concrete objects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principles or philosophy of the Nominalists.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrine that nothing is general but names; more specifically, the doctrine that common nouns, as man, horse, represent in their generality nothing in the real things, but are mere conveniences for speaking of many things at once, or at most necessities of human thought; individualism. ,

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (philosophy) the doctrine that the various objects labeled by the same term have nothing in common but their name

Etymologies

nominal +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

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