Definition of essentialist in US English:

essentialist

adjective & noun

Philosophy
  • See essentialism

    • ‘Those who believe motherhood to be the unchangeable essence of the female are known as essentialists.’
    • ‘As patterns of DNA code replace external traits as objects of study, essentialist projects might become even more insidious.’
    • ‘This is an essentialist way of looking at racism.’
    • ‘There's a very prevalent, if essentialist, argument that if you burrow deep down inside yourself then you will discover your true identity whether it lies back in the hills of Wales or in the plains of Ethiopia.’
    • ‘Far from being eternally fixed in some essentialist past, identities are subject to the continuous interactions of history, culture and power.’
    • ‘I am not an essentialist who believes that people's behavior can be explained by some essential cultural or DNA trait.’