idealism

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First attested 1796, from ideal +‎ -ism.

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idealism (countable and uncountable, plural idealisms)

  1. The property of a person of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable or at odds with practical life.
  2. (philosophy) An approach to philosophical enquiry which asserts that direct and immediate knowledge can only be had of ideas or mental pictures.

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