activism


activism

noun

  1. the doctrine or practice of vigorous action or involvement as a means of achieving political or other goals, sometimes by demonstrations, protests, etc.
  2. Philosophy.
    1. a theory that the essence of reality is pure activity, especially spiritual activity, or process.
    2. a theory that the relationship between the mind and the objects of perception depends upon the action of the mind.

noun

  1. a policy of taking direct and often militant action to achieve an end, esp a political or social one
n.

1920 in the political sense; see activist + -ism. Earlier (1907) it was used in reference to a philosophical theory.

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