One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Politics. Belief in or advocacy of moderate (rather than violent or revolutionary) policies aiming to bring about immediately practicable or feasible reforms; pragmatic reformism.
2Geography. The belief that human freedom of action is not limited by the natural world.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Boston Globe. Probably from French possibilisme from classical Latin possibilis + French -isme. Compare Spanish possibilismo.
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