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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ec•lec•tic /ɪˈklɛktɪk/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ec•lec•ti•cism /ɪˈklɛktɪˌsɪzəm/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
- selecting or made up of elements from various sources:an eclectic philosophy.
(i klek′tik),USA pronunciation adj.
- selecting or choosing from various sources.
- made up of what is selected from different sources.
- Philosophynot following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
- Architecturenoting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles, the style in each instance often being chosen for its fancied appropriateness to local tradition, local geography, the purpose to be served, or the cultural background of the client.
(i klek′tə sist).USA pronunciation a person who follows an eclectic method, as in philosophy or architecture.
- Greek eklektikós selective, equivalent. to eklekt(ós) chosen, select (eklég(ein) to pick out + -tos past participle suffix; see ec-) + -ikos -ic
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
eclectic /ɪˈklɛktɪk ɛˈklɛk-/ adj
- (in art, philosophy, etc) selecting what seems best from various styles, doctrines, ideas, methods, etc
- composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources, styles, etc
Etymology: 17th Century: from Greek eklektikos, from eklegein to select, from legein to gatherecˈlectically adv
- a person who favours an eclectic approach, esp in art or philosophy
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