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Meaning of nominalism

nom•i•nal•ism

Pronunciation: (nom'u-nl-iz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. (in medieval philosophy) the doctrine that general or abstract words do not stand for objectively existing entities and that universals are no more than names assigned to them. Cf.(def. 5a).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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