Etymology
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positivism (n.)

1847, the philosophy, based on actual or absolute knowledge, of Auguste Comte (1798-1857), who published "Philosophie positive" in 1830; see positive (adj.) in the "just the facts" sense + -ism. A philosophy based on positive facts and observable phenomena and abandoning inquiry into causes or ultimate origins. Related: Positivist; Positivistic.

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Definitions of positivism

positivism (n.)
the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation);
Synonyms: logical positivism
positivism (n.)
a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness;
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