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noun 
  1. A belief that can be described by a word ending in -ism.
1965, Bertram David Wolfe, Marxism, One Hundred Years in the Life of a Doctrine, p. 357:
  • An does not have to possess the fearful implements of state power to cut off a a deviant or heretical member.
1969, Walter E. Minchinton, Mercantilism; System Or Expediency?, p. xi:
  • In his exposition, he has failed to achieve the identification of situation, theory, and policy necessary to create an .
  • 1994, Kenneth Kaye, Workplace Wars and How to End Them, p. 70:
  • It is important to distinguish between an and a mere generalization about group differences. Generalizations that have statistical validity are not isms. An assumes that the generalization applies to an individual.

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