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Definition of sensationalism:

  1. The doctrine held by Condillac, and by some ascribed to Locke, that our ideas originate solely in sensation, and consist of sensations transformed; sensualism; - opposed to intuitionalism, and rationalism.
  2. The practice or methods of sensational writing or speaking; as, the sensationalism of a novel.


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