Definitions for tabula rasaˈtæb yə lə ˈrɑ sə, -zə; ˈtæb yəˌli ˈrɑ si, -zi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ta•bu•la ra•saˈtæb yə lə ˈrɑ sə, -zə; ˈtæb yəˌli ˈrɑ si, -zi(n.)(pl.)ta•bu•lae ra•sae

  1. a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.

    Category: Foreign Term

  2. anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Foreign Term

Origin of tabula rasa:

1525–35; < L: scraped tablet, clean slate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tabula rasa(noun)

    a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)

  2. fresh start, clean slate, tabula rasa(noun)

    an opportunity to start over without prejudice

Wiktionary

  1. tabula rasa(Noun)

    The idea that the mind comes into this world as a "blank slate".

  2. tabula rasa(Noun)

    Anything which exists in a pristine state.

  3. Origin: From tabula + rasa, feminine singular of rasus.

Freebase

  1. Tabula rasa

    Tabula rasa, meaning blank slate in Latin, is the epistemological theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and perception. Generally proponents of the tabula rasa thesis favour the "nurture" side of the nature versus nurture debate, when it comes to aspects of one's personality, social and emotional behaviour, and intelligence. The term in Latin equates to the English "blank slate" but comes from the Roman tabula or wax tablet, used for notes, which was blanked by heating the wax and then smoothing it to give a tabula rasa.

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