Definition of schematism in US English:



  • The arrangement or presentation of something according to a scheme or schema.

    ‘one must try to locate the precise questions with which to replace Marx's schematism’
    • ‘This schematism of our understanding with regard to appearances and their mere form is a hidden art in the depths of the human soul, whose true operations we can divine from nature and lay unveiled before our eyes only with difficulty.’
    • ‘The Apollonian tendency now appears disguised as logical schematism.’
    • ‘Dogmatic constraints, tactical stereotypes, schematism in place of originality, and the boring repetition of truisms are contributing factors in creative infecundity.’
    • ‘Keynes also explains in detail how to use in practice his logical schematism.’
    • ‘This occurs in what Kant calls transcendental schematism.’
    • ‘The peculiar nature of Keynes's schematism is that it is constructed to tame ‘the extreme complexity of the actual course of events’.’
    • ‘The novel has a schematism or geometric quality, as in the abstract shape of the diptych or the dyad of the book's two sections, which are titled ‘The Prince’ and ‘The Princess.’’
    • ‘Thus for Keynes intuition is an important instrument to put at work in his logical schematism.’


Early 17th century: from modern Latin schematismus, from Greek skhēmatismos ‘assumption of a certain form’, from skhēma, skhēmat- ‘form’.