One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who advocates a doctrine, system, or method of analysis founded on experience, evidence, and observation, in preference to theory; (Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and Economics) an opponent of the application of formal economic theories to precapitalist cultures.
Adhering to, proposing, or representing such a doctrine or method.
1940s; earliest use found in Mind. From substantive + -ist.
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