What does postmodern mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term postmodern:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. postmodernist, postmodern(adj)

    of or relating to postmodernism

    "postmodernist architecture"


  1. postmodern(Noun)

    A postmodernist.

  2. postmodern(Adjective)

    Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of postmodernism, especially as represented in art, architecture, literature, science, or philosophy that reacts against an earlier modernism.


  1. postmodern

    Postmodernism is an intellectual stance or mode of discourse characterized by skepticism toward the "grand narratives" of modernism, rejection of epistemic certainty or the stability of meaning, and emphasis on ideology as a means of maintaining political power. Claims to objectivity are dismissed as naïve realism, with attention drawn to the conditional nature of knowledge claims within particular historical, political, and cultural discourses. The postmodern outlook is characterized by self-referentiality, epistemological relativism, moral relativism, pluralism, irony, irreverence, and eclecticism; it rejects the "universal validity" of binary oppositions, stable identity, hierarchy, and categorization.Initially emerging from a mode of literary criticism, postmodernism developed in the mid-twentieth century as a rejection of modernism, and has been observed across many disciplines. Postmodernism is associated with the disciplines deconstruction and post-structuralism. Various authors have criticized postmodernism as promoting obscurantism, as abandoning Enlightenment rationalism and scientific rigor, and as adding nothing to analytical or empirical knowledge.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of postmodern in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of postmodern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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