Drishtantoism is English translation of the Bengali word, Drishtantobad (Dristantobad). Drishtantobad is formed by the two words, Drishtanto and Bad. The derivative definition of Drishtantoism is present in the joint family of the two words. In Bangla, `Drishtanto’ means example, precedence, evidence, comparison etc. Drishtanto is also the similar reference and description of proving accuracy of something. And Drishtanto is formed by the two Bengali words, Drishto and Anto. Drishto means `seen’, ‘noticed’, ‘observed’, ‘visible’, ‘manifest’. Anto means ‘nature’, ‘exact intention’. Sometimes anto is also used as suffix in the last of verbal root to mean present progressive tense. By the meaning, to understand Drishtanto, seen or visible nature of a thing has been indicated. To understand Bad, the English word, ‘Ism’ is appropriate word.

The essence of Drishtantoism is observed in the derivative meaning of the word, Drishtantobad. The philosophy advocates for the displayed and observed existence, or for the nature which is visible or observable. According to the philosophy, the thing which is materially changeable, transformable and presentable is useful or important. That is, importance of a thing depends on its changeableness or transformability. According to the philosophy the test of truth and falsehood or right and wrong is applicable only for the thing which is materially presentable. It accepts such type of thing as true. For this, the imagination or imaginary thing which is not realizable is staying at a distance from the question of truth and falsehood. Without opposing, Drishtantoists become answerless to the thing, and stay at a distance from it. By the answerlessness about the thing, they indirectly consent to a man accepting it neither as true nor as false. So to speak in a word, they avoid such type of things. In this place, Drishtantoism is different from Buddhism and Charvaka.

Drishtantoism (দৃষ্টান্তবাদ), neither a blind exponent of modern and postmodern literatures nor an extreme opponent of them, wants to make the readers (or the society) argument-prone and freedom-loving. This philosophy takes importantly the positive-creative aspects of the mentioned two flows of literature criticizing their existing backwardness & darkwardness, and extremely supports the exposition of thing-based reality ignoring every intangibility and invisibility.