Definition of substantivist in English:

substantivist

noun

  • 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.

adjective

  • Adhering to, proposing, or representing such a doctrine or method.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Mind. From substantive + -ist.

Pronunciation

substantivist

/səbˈstantɪvɪst/