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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A believer in a doctrine or theory that holds that there are definite traditional standards, concepts and procedures which are indispensable to a society and which all students must be systematically schooled in despite differing aptitudes.

Usage examples (35)
  • So across the political spectrum, for anyone thinking in essentialist terms, the mores render the word anathema from both directions.
  • These theories cater to what is called an "essentialist" approach to race.
  • Creating what he calls " essentialist " cuisine, Mr. Vollmer takes a less-is-more approach with an emphasis on fresh ingredients.
  • This kind of essentialist thinking about the "Irish character" is hardly unique to Burgess. for more
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