Meaning of positivism


Pronunciation: (poz'i-tu-viz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the state or quality of being positive; definiteness; assurance.
  2. a philosophical system founded by Auguste Comte, concerned with positive facts and phenomena, and excluding speculation upon ultimate causes or origins.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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