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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Gramsci also acknowledged the dynamism of bourgeois individualism, but advocated a redirection of that energy to mass culture.
▪ That provided a focus, a dynamism, and a sense of obligation to their activities that had been missing before.
▪ The imprecise nature of the emotions expressed requires the opposition of formal restraint to produce the dynamism necessary to the convincing poem.
▪ The liberal pluralist model of complex interdependence is useful, but fails to capture the dynamism of integration as a process.
▪ The main point Lane and Roberts stressed was the dynamism of the strike itself.
▪ The resulting combination of grace and dynamism distinguished Kelly for the rest of his career.
▪ There has to be some dynamism in love.
▪ There was an enviable air of dynamism across the Channel.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dynamism \Dy"na*mism\, n. [Cf. F. dynamisme. See Dynamics.] The doctrine of Leibnitz, that all substance involves force.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1831, "dynamic energy, force, drive," from Greek dynamis "power, might, strength" (see dynamic (adj.)) + -ism. As a philosophical system, from 1857.


n. 1 (context philosophy metaphysics English) Any of several philosophical theories that attempt to explain the universe by an immanent force. 2 Great energy, drive, force, or power; vigor of body, mind or personality; oomph or pizzazz 3 dynamic reality; active energy; continuous change, progress, or activity.

  1. n. any of the various theories or doctrines or philosophical systems that attempt to explain the phenomena of the universe in terms of some immanent force or energy

  2. the activeness of an energetic personality [syn: pizzazz, pizzaz, oomph, zing]


Dynamism may refer to:

  • Dynamism (metaphysics), a cosmological explanation of the material world
  • Dynamism (computing), a computer term for management of simultaneous operations
  • Dynamicism, the application of dynamical systems theory to cognitive science
  • "Plastic dynamism", a term used by the Italian futurist art movement to describe an object's intrinsic and extrinsic motion
Dynamism (metaphysics)

Dynamism is a general name for a group of philosophical views concerning the nature of matter. However different they may be in other respects, all these views agree in making matter consist essentially of simple and indivisible units, substances, or forces. Dynamism is sometimes used to denote systems that admit not only matter and extension, but also determinations, tendencies, and forces intrinsic and essential to matter. More properly, however, it means exclusive systems that do away with the dualism of matter and force by reducing the former to the latter. This is evident in the classical formulation of Leibniz.

Usage examples of "dynamism".

Perhaps, finally, this cannot be represented by a juridical order, but it nonetheless is an order, an order defined by its virtuality, its dynamism, and its functional inconclusiveness.

In line with the dynamism we are aiming at, the chair has decided to take account of certain comments that have not been cast in the proper form.

A classic spree of youthful dynamism after his last rejuvenation had made him choose a visible pattern, stylish and chic in those days.

New York without losing its original quality, the dynamism and grubby edges that made it an exciting vibrant place to live.

Washington might spell the beginnings of a slow ossification into the role of dedicated administrator, and a waning of the dynamism that had helped fling humanity across the Solar System.

The freedom and material dynamism of the West are drawing millions to its shores - in the manner that Athens once attracted metics from Asia, and Rome drew Africans, Jews and Armenians.

Her personal dynamism made her seem youthful, spritelike, despite her tough attitude.

He had so many calls upon his time that she could only marvel at and rather envy his dynamism.

A squad of architects had been told to dream the dreams of the contemporary businessman, and to give that dream the weight of concrete and steel: economy of line, public space/private space, dynamism melding into hard-won repose.

But as we know, operancy must be combined with ethnic dynamism if coadunation of the Mind is to be achieved.

Listening to his records about 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' and 'Like a Rolling Stone' and The Times They Are A-Changin',' I've learned to appreciate the dynamism of change in a modern society.

After I delivered my little rouser of a speech in favor of the amended pro­posal, and hinted that any IA who presumed to question the ethnic dynamism of those sourdoughs would end up lynched with a walrus-hide rope, most of the Assembly caved in and passed the resolution by a big majority.

And since it is the heart and soul of Castalia, and you are the soul and vital spark of Waldzell, you are truly the salt of the Province, its spirit, its dynamism.