Instrumentalism In`stru*men"tal*ism, n. (Philos.) The view that the sanction of truth is its utility, or that truth is genuine only in so far as it is a valuable instrument. -- {In`stru*men"tal*ist}, n.

Instrumentalism views truth as simply the value belonging to certain ideas in so far as these ideas are biological functions of our organisms, and psychological functions whereby we direct our choices and attain our successes. --Josiah Royce. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • instrumentalist — INSTRUMENTALÍST, Ă, instrumentalişti, ste, adj., s.m. şi f. (Adept) al instrumentalismului. – Din engl., germ. instrumentalist. Trimis de valeriu, 21.07.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  instrumentalíst adj. m., s. m …   Dicționar Român

  • Instrumentalist — In stru*men tal*ist, n. One who plays upon an instrument of music, as distinguished from a {vocalist}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • instrumentàlist — m (instrumentàlistica, instrumentàlistkinja ž) glazb. glazbenik koji svira na nekom instrumentu (za razliku od vokalista, pjevača) …   Veliki rječnik hrvatskoga jezika

  • instrumentalist — (n.) 1823, from INSTRUMENTAL (Cf. instrumental) in the musical sense + IST (Cf. ist) …   Etymology dictionary

  • instrumentalist — instrumentàlist m DEFINICIJA glazb. glazbenik koji svira na nekom instrumentu, opr. pjevač, vokalist ETIMOLOGIJA vidi instrument …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • instrumentalist — ► NOUN ▪ a player of a musical instrument …   English terms dictionary

  • instrumentalist — [in΄strə mənt′ list] n. 1. a person who performs on a musical instrument 2. a person who believes in instrumentalism adj. of or in keeping with instrumentalism …   English World dictionary

  • instrumentalist — UK [ˌɪnstrʊˈment(ə)lɪst] / US [ˌɪnstrəˈment(ə)lɪst] noun [countable] Word forms instrumentalist : singular instrumentalist plural instrumentalists music someone who plays a musical instrument …   English dictionary

  • instrumentalist — noun Date: 1823 1. a player on a musical instrument 2. an exponent of instrumentalism • instrumentalist adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Instrumentalist — ◆ In|stru|men|ta|lịst 〈m. 16〉 1. Spieler eines Musikinstrumentes 2. Anhänger des Instrumentalismus ◆ Die Buchstabenfolge in|stru... kann in Fremdwörtern auch ins|tru..., inst|ru... getrennt werden. * * * In|s|t|ru|men|ta|lịst, der; en, en: jmd …   Universal-Lexikon

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