Definition of possibilist in US English:



  • Of, relating to, or supporting possibilism.


  • 1Politics. A supporter or advocate of policies aiming to bring about immediately practicable or feasible reforms; a pragmatic reformer.

  • 2Geography. A person who emphasizes human freedom of action in shaping the environment rather than the limitations imposed by the natural world.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Daily News. Probably partly from French possibiliste, and partly from Spanish posibilista, noun and adjective.