accidentalism definition

  • noun:
    • Accidental character or result.
    • The belief that outward appearance frequently contrasts with material or essence (after Thomas Aquinas).
    • a method of medicine considering belief that outward indications of condition tend to be due to external factors.
    • the fact that events take place by random possibility, without cause or purpose.
    • Accidental personality or effect.
    • the problem or quality of being accidental; accidental character.
    • what is accidental; accidental impact; especially, in artwork, the result created by accidental rays of light. Ruskin. See accidental, n., , and accidental light, under accidental, a.
    • In medication, the theory where condition is deemed an accidental modification of health.
    • In philosophy, the viewpoint that activities are now and again customized without adequate cause: a use of this word suggested by J. M. Baldwin.

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