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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ec•lec•tic /ɪˈklɛktɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. selecting or made up of elements from various sources:an eclectic philosophy.
ec•lec•ti•cism /ɪˈklɛktɪˌsɪzəm/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ec•lec•tic  (i klektik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. selecting or choosing from various sources.
  2. made up of what is selected from different sources.
  3. Philosophynot following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
  4. 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.

n. 
    Also,  ec•lec•ti•cist  (i klektə sist).USA pronunciation a person who follows an eclectic method, as in philosophy or architecture. ec•lecti•cal•ly, adv. 
    • Greek eklektikós selective, equivalent. to eklekt(ós) chosen, select (eklég(ein) to pick out + -tos past participle suffix; see ec-) + -ikos -ic
    • 1675–85


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

eclectic /ɪˈklɛktɪk ɛˈklɛk-/ adj
  1. (in art, philosophy, etc) selecting what seems best from various styles, doctrines, ideas, methods, etc
  2. composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources, styles, etc
n
  1. a person who favours an eclectic approach, esp in art or philosophy
Etymology: 17th Century: from Greek eklektikos, from eklegein to select, from legein to gather

ecˈlectically adv



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