nominalism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nominalism (philosophy) the doctrine that the various objects labeled by the same term have nothing in common but their name
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actress Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Oscar nominated actress, with a record of 13 nominations
    • n Nominalism The principles or philosophy of the Nominalists.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The turkey was once nominated to be the official bird of the United States
    • n nominalism The doctrine that nothing is general but names; more specifically, the doctrine that common nouns, as man, horse, represent in their generality nothing in the real things, but are mere conveniences for speaking of many things at once, or at most necessities of human thought; individualism. , Medieval thinkers, especially those of the twelfth century, are classified as being either nominalists or realists; modern philosophers have generally joined in the condemnation of medieval realism, but have nevertheless been mostly rather realists than nominalists. The following are the most important varieties of nominalism:
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The all-time most nominated Grammy artist with 77 nominations is Quincy Jones
    • ns Nominalism the doctrine that general terms have no corresponding reality either in or out of the mind, being mere words
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Quotations

  • Boss Tweed
    Boss Tweed
    “I don't care who does the electing as long as I get to do the nominating.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    Edward%20Gibbon
    “The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. nominalisnomen, -ĭnis, a name.

Usage

In literature:

Then Clinton made a nomination.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The vocative is like the nominative.
"A Middle High German Primer" by Joseph Wright
Grant was nominally in command under him, but had next to nothing to do.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
What is more uncertain, Mr. Ruse, than the action of a nominating convention?
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
The Silver Republicans likewise nominated Bryan, making no vice-presidential nomination.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
But the value of the Philippine Islands, of which the possession was but recent and nominal, was thus far a matter of doubt.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
I say that, in nominating such a man as myself, ye are lacking in respect and consideration to your sovereign.
"In Search of El Dorado" by Harry Collingwood
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini Hosanna in excelsis.
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
He was an influential party leader, and repeatedly thought of for President, though too prominent ever to be nominated.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
William H. Taft Nominated for President.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
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In poetry:

WHO is it beams the merriest
At killing a man, the laughing one?
You are the one I nominate,
God of the rivers of Babylon.
"Grace" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday,June 29, 2010, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination.
The soundtrack includes Grammy-nominated artists like Aterciopelados, Nortec Collective and Andrea Echeverri, as well as buzz-worthy up-and-comers Los Bunkers, The Pi...
Nominate your choice for best chicken wing s in town.
While GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney savored his second consecutive win in the Republican nominating process, those who finished behind him in New Hampshire also continued on to South Carolina.
Nominations are due Feb 17.
Kim Kardashian 's boyfriend and Jay-Z won the video of the year award for Otis, edging Jay-Z's wife Beyonce, who was twice nominated in the category.
Bond, a former chairman of the NAACP, was in 1968 the first African-American man to be nominated by a major party as a candidate for the vice presidency.
Student nominated Scheidt for more than educational reasons.
Grammy-nominated bluegrass singers Dailey & Vincent were in town this past weekend for a show at the Sheldon.
Members of the Republican Party have gathered in Tampa to officially nominate Mitt Romney for president but a lot of people can't help but talk about the weather.
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012 ShortsHD/Magnolia Pictures Opens February 10, IFC Center.
Florida Sen Marco Rubio voted Thursday to confirm Mari Carmen Aponte as ambassador to El Salvador, after opposing her nomination in December.
President Obama officially nominated at DNC.
With just a few weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich is leading the pack for the Republican presidential nomination.
Jon Cryer on His First Nomination: 'I Had No Reason Whatsoever to Expect I Would Be Included'.
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In science:

The nominal time for the existence of the universe, its age, will from now on be denoted by t∗ and defined by t∗ = r∗ G /c where r∗ G is taken to be the current radius of the universe.
A Sketch for a Quantum Theory of Gravitity
Sources are detectable to these flux limits over 90% of the nominal survey area.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
Images with little or nor overlap with the nominal reference frame are required to have some path of transformation that connects to the reference frame.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
This cutoff is the point at which one should see all supernova within a nominal volume defined by the magnitude of the search object.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
As a computational convenience, our model assumes that the transition to a nominal circumstellar density is 20 days ).
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
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