noun. ['ˈrɛlətɪˌvɪzəm'] (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that all criteria of judgment are relative to the individuals and situations involved.
- philosophical theory
- -ism (English)
- relative (English)
- relativus (Latin)
Words that Rhyme with Relativism
Example sentences of the word relativism
1. Noun, singular or mass
Cultural relativism theorizes that the way people act, behave and perceive things is relative to their cultures.
Quotes containing the word relativism
1. Religion and ethics were not always - or even frequently - mutually compatible. The demands of religious absolutism or fundamentalism or rampaging relativism often deflected the worst aspects of contemporary culture or prejudices rather than a system which both man and God could live under with a sense of real justice.
- Dan Simmons, The Fall of Hyperion