Definition of Taoism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Taoism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdaʊɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊɪzəm//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈtaʊɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊɪzəm//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a Chinese philosophy based on the writings of Lao-tzu Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from 18th cent. Tao, denoting the absolute being or principle underlying the universe in Taoist thought, from Chinese dao ‘(right) way’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Taoism