non-absolutist


non-absolutist

noun

  1. the principle or the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in government.
  2. any theory holding that values, principles, etc., are absolute and not relative, dependent, or changeable.

noun

  1. the principle or practice of a political system in which unrestricted power is vested in a monarch, dictator, etc; despotism
  2. philosophy
    1. any theory which holds that truth or moral or aesthetic value is absolute and universal and not relative to individual or social differencesCompare relativism
    2. the doctrine that reality is unitary and unchanging and that change and diversity are mere illusionSee also monism (def. 2), pluralism (def. 5b)
  3. Christianity an uncompromising form of the doctrine of predestination

n.1753 in theology; 1830 in politics, in which sense it was first used by British reformer and parliamentarian Maj. Gen. Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783-1869). See absolute and -ism.

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