-ism, -ismus

(Greek, ismos; Latin, ismus: a suffix: belief in, practice of, condition of, process, characteristic behavior or manner, abnormal state, distinctive feature or trait)

neomorphism
1. A newly acquired bodily organ or part.
2. In biology, the development of a new form.
neophilism
1. An abnormal love for novelty and new people and scenes.
2. A morbid, or undue, desire for novelty.
neoterism
1. An innovation or novelty; a neoteric word or phrase. 2. An innovation in language, as a new word, term, or expression.
3. The use of new words, terms, or expressions.
nephalism
Total abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
nepotism (s) (noun), nepotisms (pl)
1. Favoritism shown to relatives, especially in appointments to desirable or well-paying position: It is a known practice that some heads of countries use nepotism, or preferential treatment, by having their sons or daughters placed in functions with excellent salaries, even though they might not be qualified!
2. Etymology: from Latin nepotem, "nephew"; originally, the practice of granting special privileges to a pope's "nephew" or "nephews".
Favoritism shown to relatives instead of other people.
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Positions granted to family members in high political positions.
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Showing favoritism to nephews or other relatives.
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Giving positions of importance to nephews or other family members.
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nervosism
neutralism
1. In biology, a neutral interaction between two species in which one species has no evident effect on either species.
2. A political policy or advocacy of nonalignment or noninvolvement in conflicting alliances nor of attempting to mediate or conciliate in conflicts between states.

The policy of not taking sides in a dispute; especially, in an international conflict or the policy, practice, or attitude of neutrality, noninvolvement, or nonalignment with power blocs.

nihilism (s) (noun)
noctambulism (s) (noun), noctambulisms (pl)
The condition of sleepwalking, getting out of bed and walking around during an apparent state of sleep: Noctambulism, or somnambulism, can occur in the first third of the night and can last for a few minutes and up to a half hour in some cases.
Walking while one is asleep.
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nomadism
1. The behavior practiced by certain people, a tribe, etc. who live without a fixed location, wandering from place to place in search of pastureland for their flocks or herds, for land to cultivate, or to find hunting grounds, etc.
2. A pronounced tendency to roam around by someone who chooses, or those who choose, to go from place to place instead of settling down in one place to live; vagabondism.
nominalism
The philosophical doctrine that there are no realities other than concrete individual objects.
nomineeism
nomism
nonagenarianism
A person who is ninety years old, or between ninety and a hundred.
noumenalism
A reference to an object of human inquiry, understanding or cognition.

The term is generally used in contrast with, or in relation to, "phenomenon", which refers to appearances, or objects of the senses. That which is perceived but not tangible.