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The Newtonian system of physics; (in extended use) a philosophical approach based on that of Newton, or formed by analogy with his system of physics, typically emphasizing the role of laws and predictable order in the universe, and of experiment and observation in the discovery of truth.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), revolutionary politician and president of the United States of America. From Newtonian + -ism.
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