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

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word tabula rasa

Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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.

FreebaseRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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.

Translations for tabula rasa

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for tabula rasa »


Find a translation for the tabula rasa definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these tabula rasa definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"tabula rasa." STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 1 Mar. 2015. < rasa>.

Are we missing a good definition for tabula rasa? Don't keep it to yourself...

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for tabula rasa:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.