What does eclectic mean?

Definitions for eclecticɪˈklɛk tɪk; ɪˈklɛk tə sɪst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eclectic, eclecticist(adj)

    someone who selects according to the eclectic method

  2. eclectic(adj)

    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas


  1. eclectic(Noun)

    Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.

  2. eclectic(Adjective)

    Selecting a mixture of what appear to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles.

  3. eclectic(Adjective)

    Unrelated and unspecialized; heterogeneous.

  4. Origin: From éclectique, from ἐκλεκτικός, from ἐκλέγω, from ἐκ + λέγω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eclectic(adj)

    selecting; choosing (what is true or excellent in doctrines, opinions, etc.) from various sources or systems; as, an eclectic philosopher

  2. Eclectic(adj)

    consisting, or made up, of what is chosen or selected; as, an eclectic method; an eclectic magazine

  3. Eclectic(noun)

    one who follows an eclectic method

  4. Origin: [Gr. , fr. to pick out, choose out: cf. F. clectique. See Eclogue, and cf. Elect.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eclectic

    ek-lek′tik, adj. selecting or borrowing: choosing the best out of everything: broad, the opposite of exclusive.—n. one who selects opinions from different systems, esp. in philosophy.—adv. Eclec′tically.—n. Eclec′ticism, the practice of an eclectic: the doctrine of the Eclec′tics, a name applied to certain Greek thinkers in the 2d and 1st centuries B.C., later to Leibnitz and Cousin. [Gr. eklektikosek, out, legein, to choose.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eclectic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eclectic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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