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Naturalism

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naturalism

1. A state of nature; conformity to nature.

2. (Science: psychology) The doctrine of those who deny a supernatural agency in the miracles and revelations recorded in the bible, and in spiritual influences; also, any system of philosophy which refers the phenomena of nature to a blind force or forces acting necessarily or according to fixed laws, excluding origination or direction by one intelligent will.

Origin: Cf. F. Naturalisme.