Definition of substantivism in English:

substantivism

noun

  • A system or method of analysis founded on experience, evidence, and observation, in preference to theory; (Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and Economics) the doctrine or belief that formal economic models have little value in cultures where market economies are absent.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Mind. From substantive + -ism.

Pronunciation

substantivism

/səbˈstantɪvɪz(ə)m/