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A follower or adherent of William of Ockham.
Relating to, characteristic of, or designating the Ockhamists or their beliefs.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Fulke (d. 1589), theologian and college head. From the name of William of Ockham (frequently also spelt Occam; ?1285–?1349), English theologian, scholastic philosopher, and political writer + -ist. Compare post-classical Latin Okkamista.
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