Eclectic Ec*lec"tic, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to pick out, choose out: cf. F. ['e]clectique. See {Eclogue}, and cf. {Elect}.] 1. Selecting; choosing (what is true or excellent in doctrines, opinions, etc.) from various sources or systems; as, an eclectic philosopher. [1913 Webster]

2. Consisting, or made up, of what is chosen or selected; as, an eclectic method; an eclectic magazine. [1913 Webster]

{Eclectic physician}, one of a class of practitioners of medicine, who select their modes of practice and medicines from all schools; formerly, sometimes the same as botanic physician. [U.S.]

{Eclectic school}. (Paint.) See {Bolognese school}, under {Bolognese}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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