Definition of presentism in English:



  • Uncritical adherence to present-day attitudes, especially the tendency to interpret past events in terms of modern values and concepts.

    ‘For example, A. N. Prior, in seeking to mount a defense of presentism - the doctrine that there are no future or past objects - encountered the problem of individuals that no longer exist.’
    • ‘There are two camps opposed to presentism, the camp that says the past and present are real, and the camp that says the past, present, and future are real.’
    • ‘First, the individual must have the capacity to live in the moment or a sense of presentism; gratification must be immediate and functionally specific because there is no tomorrow in the world of fashion or desire.’
    • ‘The presentism of many essayists also creates conflicting interpretations.’
    • ‘This solid study challenges such self satisfied presentism.’
    • ‘While such presentism gives his work immediacy, it also risks limiting historical issues to current concerns.’



/ˈpreznˌ(t)iz(ə)m/ /ˈprɛznˌ(t)ɪz(ə)m/