Definition of possibilism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɒsɪbɪlɪz(ə)m/ /ˈpɒsɪb(ə)lɪz(ə)m/


  • 1Politics
    Belief in or advocacy of moderate (rather than violent or revolutionary) policies aiming to bring about immediately practicable or feasible reforms; pragmatic reformism.

  • 2Geography
    The belief that human freedom of action is not limited by the natural world.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Boston Globe. Probably from French possibilisme from classical Latin possibilis + French -isme. Compare Spanish possibilismo.