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n. in philosophy, the position that things (or some things) have essences; that is, they have certain necessary properties without which they could not be the things they are. In Marxism, postmodernism, poststructuralism, and certain feminist perspectives, essentialism is the rejected position that human beings have an essential nature that transcends such factors as social class, gender, and ethnicity. See also universalism.

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Psychology term of the day

March 2nd 2024

tonic epilepsy

tonic epilepsy

a type of epilepsy in which only tonic muscle contractions occur.