noun Date: 1798 the theory or practice of an eclectic method

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  • eclecticism — 1798, from ECLECTIC (Cf. eclectic) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • eclecticism — [ek lek′tə siz΄əm] n. 1. an eclectic method or system of thought 2. the using or upholding of such a method or system …   English World dictionary

  • eclecticism — [[t]ɪkle̱ktɪsɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT: usu with supp Eclecticism is the principle or practice of choosing or involving objects, ideas, and beliefs from many different sources. [FORMAL] The eclecticism of the designs means it is difficult to define one …   English dictionary

  • eclecticism — /i klek teuh siz euhm/, n. 1. the use or advocacy of an eclectic method. 2. a tendency in architecture and the decorative arts to mix various historical styles with modern elements with the aim of combining the virtues of many styles or… …   Universalium

  • eclecticism — eclectic ► ADJECTIVE ▪ deriving ideas or style from a broad and varied range of sources. ► NOUN ▪ an eclectic person. DERIVATIVES eclectically adverb eclecticism noun. ORIGIN Greek eklektikos, from eklegein pick out …   English terms dictionary

  • eclecticism — noun a) The quality of being eclectic b) An approach to thought that draws upon multiple theories to gain complementary insights into phenomena …   Wiktionary

  • eclecticism — 1. A now defunct system of medicine that advocated use of indigenous plants to effect specific cures of certain signs and symptoms. 2. A system of medicine practiced by ancient Greek and Roman physicians who were not affiliated with a medical… …   Medical dictionary

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