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Line breaks: mech|an¦ist
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛk(ə)nɪst

Definition of mechanist in English:


1 Philosophy A person who believes in the doctrine of mechanism.
Example sentences
  • Although, unlike most of his fashionable contemporaries and immediate successors, Descartes was not an atomist, he was, like the others, a mechanist about the properties of matter.
  • For Descartes, and other mechanists who followed after him, the healthy body was nothing more than a well-functioning machine, soulless and subject to chemical and mechanical remedies.
  • But in the second half of the century both neoplatonists and mechanists usually promoted more practical projects.
2 archaic A person skilled in the design or construction of machinery.
Example sentences
  • Huygens was the greatest mechanist of the seventeenth century.

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