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Dynamism

[DY-nə-miz-əm]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, mid-19th century

1.

The quality of being characterized by vigorous activity and progress.

2.

(Philosophy) The theory that phenomena of matter or mind are due to the action of forces rather than to motion or matter.

Examples of Dynamism in a sentence

"The dynamism of the auto industry brought great prosperity to Detroit in the early 20th century."

"The professor became known primarily for his writings on the philosophy of dynamism."

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About Dynamism

In Greek, “dunamis” means power, but English actually borrowed dynamism from the French word “dynamisme.” In French it means having vitality and energy, and the English usage closely follows. You can describe activity and progress as having dynamism, but you might also describe a person with a vigorously positive attitude as having dynamism.

Did you Know?

Dynamism is a philosophy first expressed in the 17th century by Gottfried Leibniz. His theories on the action of forces on matter and mind went against previous theories from other scientists and opened up new areas of experimentations in physics. Even if you’re not a student of his philosophies, just remember, dynamism = motion.

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