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Corpuscular

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Corpu'scular.
Corpuscula'rian.
adj. [from corpusculum, Lat.] Relating to bodies; comprising bodies. It is the distinguishing epithet of that philosophy which attempts the rational solution of all physical appearances by the action of one body upon another.

As to natural philosophy I do not expect to see any principles proposed, more comprehensive and intelligible than the corpuscularian or mechanical. Boyle.

This may be said, that the modern corpuscularians talk, in most things, more intelligibly than the peripateticks. Bently.

The mechanical or corpuscular philosophy, though peradventure the eldest, as well as the best in the world, had lain dead for many ages in contempt and oblivion. Bentley's Serm.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Boyle, Robert (84)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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