Definition of dynamism in English:



  • 1The quality of being characterized by vigorous activity and progress.

    ‘the dynamism and strength of the economy’
    • ‘The New Labour option was to combine economic dynamism with social justice through upgrading the skills base of the labour force.’
    • ‘The growth of labour productivity, the most important indicator of economic dynamism, was a full 20 per cent lower.’
    • ‘This song, in particular, lacks the energy and dynamism of the previous two singles, merely plodding along at its own pace.’
    • ‘Though the strengths of the online version are its dynamism and interactivity, it is also possible to download the entire book for free.’
    • ‘The dynamism of the ‘new’ industries is based upon frenetic competition to build up production facilities in competition with each other and with foreign firms.’
    • ‘When an industry starts talking about ‘synergy’ its era of dynamism is over.’
    • ‘The EU finds itself in a period of dramatic political and constitutional activism and dynamism.’
    • ‘On the one hand, the propeller embodies the no-nonsense industry and propulsive dynamism of the modern period.’
    • ‘We had all this economic dynamism as a result of the industrial north's victory in the Civil War.’
    • ‘Our field will advance through research dynamism and not through a Procrustean application of inappropriate research paradigms.’
    • ‘The rate of change has been relatively steady, but now that corporations have become change producers instead of change reactors, the whole dynamism of our culture goes up dramatically.’
    • ‘The success of Houston Sculpture 2000 was further evidence of the bristling energy and dynamism of Houston's art scene.’
    • ‘Older films are edited at a more sedate pace and they don't always have the drive and dynamism of modern cinema.’
    • ‘‘Negotiates,’ whether or not it is precisely the right verb, is at least a verb and thus captures the sheer dynamism of the activity of curiosity.’
    • ‘It can add dynamism to military actions and helps increase efforts when they are moved from one sector to another.’
    • ‘The dynamism and energy of today's art scene in Japan is abundantly reflected in the quality and diversity of the prints displayed.’
    • ‘The dynamism of the energy sector overwhelmed this agency, and by the 1950s it could not manage its huge caseload effectively.’
    • ‘What lends dynamism to life and keeps the world humming with activity is the incentive of profit.’
    • ‘Industrial dynamism also needs good industrial relations and flexible labour markets.’
    • ‘The international activities in small firms are positively related to the degree of environmental dynamism experienced in the industry.’
    1. 1.1 The quality of being dynamic and positive in attitude.
      ‘he was known for his dynamism and strong views’
      • ‘His drive and dynamism over the past two seasons have taken London Irish from also-rans to contenders.’
      • ‘There can have been few people, ever, with Roy's energy and dynamism.’
      • ‘They have demonstrated character, intelligence and dynamism.’
      • ‘The chairman praised her energy and dynamism and her enthusiasm for the local NHS.’
      • ‘Gregorian's dynamism, charisma and intellectual gifts were such that by 1974 he became provost of the University of Pennsylvania.’
      • ‘Sooner or later they are bound to become their own boss anyway, since their charm, dynamism and luck will lead them to success.’
      • ‘One recalls the heroism and dynamism of the founding fathers of the labour movement such as Uriah Butler, George Weekes and Cola Rienzie.’
      • ‘Greg has brought tremendous dynamism, energy and drive and is hugely respected by all the staff at all levels throughout the organisation.’
      • ‘The students tend to lose dynamism if they are forced into certain careers by their parents.’
      • ‘With drive and dynamism you take charge at work and at home to bring order and harmony today.’
      • ‘He does share to some extent his fighting spirit, his dynamism, his charisma and his willingness to speak his mind.’
      • ‘Rumours persist of internal party worries that, despite shrewd anti-war positioning, his lack of dynamism is a problem.’
      • ‘But he compromised such spiritual dynamism so that power gave way to pride, and glory to disgrace.’
      • ‘The Chief Executive of that posh location is Tony Whitham and much success is assured through his forceful dynamism.’
      • ‘But, hey, these young people are the future, they will use their dynamism and drive to move the company forward.’
      • ‘Their alleged dynamism, ambition, and party ‘unreliability’ made both men widely distrusted.’
      • ‘Those members seem not to have the same level of enthusiasm, energy, and dynamism that is on constant display on this side of the Chamber.’
      • ‘‘He just had the most enormous energy and dynamism, in the least assertive way,’ Raymond says.’
      • ‘He has the more energy, dynamism and bravura of the pair.’
      • ‘In inverse proportion to Steve's dynamism, I grow progressively more lax.’
      energy, spirit, liveliness, zestfulness, vitality, vigour, vigorousness, strength, forcefulness, power, powerfulness, potency, positiveness, positivity, effectiveness, efficacy
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  • 2Philosophy
    historical The theory that phenomena of matter or mind are due to the action of forces rather than to motion or matter.


Mid 19th century: from Greek dunamis ‘power’ + -ism.