Definition of constructivism in English:



mass noun
  • 1Art
    A style or movement in which assorted mechanical objects are combined into abstract mobile structural forms. The movement originated in Russia in the 1920s and has influenced many aspects of modern architecture and design.

    • ‘Soviet architecture initially favored constructivism as shown in the administrative center of Kharkiv and then adopted a heavy neoclassicism pejoratively called totalitarian style for major urban centers.’
    • ‘So the prime consumer of architecture, the profession, has never embraced constructivism, and it is not included in any university curriculum.’
    • ‘As he wrote in 1925, ‘With constructivism we must not think about art.’’
    • ‘In perfect synchronization with the Russian Revolutions at the beginning of the 20th century, constructivism and suprematism rose out of cubist roots to challenge the limits and the meaning of abstraction.’
    • ‘Needless to say, by 1929 the official attitude towards constructivism in art had been revised several times - never favorably.’
  • 2Mathematics
    A view which admits as valid only constructive proofs and entities demonstrable by them, implying that the latter have no independent existence.

    • ‘Brouwerian intuitionism takes a more liberal view of the matter, resulting in a considerable enrichment of the arithmetical continuum over the version offered by strict constructivism.’
    • ‘A college physics teacher who used constructivism in his classroom made the following observation about similar students.’
    • ‘Also consistent with constructivism is tying information together.’
    • ‘Elementary teachers and principals researched and collaborated with university and secondary mathematics educators to understand mathematics content and develop a pedagogy grounded in constructivism.’