Definition of idealism:

part of speech: noun

Doctrine that we have immediate knowledge of ideas only.

part of speech: noun

The doctrine that in external perceptions the objects immediately known are ideas: any system that considers thought or the idea as the ground either of knowledge or existence: tendency towards the highest conceivable perfection, love for or search after the best and highest.

part of speech: noun

In art, the stress put upon the value of the imagination as compared with the exact copying from nature to attain the highest type of any object; tendency to imagine things better than they are; the seeking of perfection; the doctrine that all our knowledge of objects is a knowledge of ideas.

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