conventionalism

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conventional +‎ -ism

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conventionalism (usually uncountable, plural conventionalisms)

  1. (uncountable) Adherence to social conventions; conventional behavior
  2. (countable, obsolete) A conventional act or constraint
    • 1864 March 15, Frederick Denison Maurice, “To ____”, in The Life Of Frederick Denison Maurice[1], volume 2, ISBN 1428661921, page 478:
      Having said this, you will not, I trust, suspect me of disliking you for throwing off conventionalisms and speaking to me as a man to a man.
  3. (uncountable, philosophy) The doctrine that logical or mathematical principles are simply the expression of conventions
    • 2007 October 2, Andrew D. Cling, “The epistemic regress problem”, Philosophical Studies, volume 140, number 3, DOI:10.1007/s11098-007-9152-6: 
      Skepticism arrives at conventionalism by way of the claims that the conditions on evidential support cannot be satisfied [] but that we must have beliefs in order to carry on.

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