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Definitions for eclectic
ɪˈklɛk tɪk; ɪˈklɛk tə sɪsteclec·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eclectic, eclecticistadjective

    someone who selects according to the eclectic method

  2. eclecticadjective

    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas


  1. eclecticnoun

    Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.

  2. eclecticadjective

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

  3. eclecticadjective

    Unrelated and unspecialized; heterogeneous.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eclecticadjective

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

  2. Eclecticadjective

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

  3. Eclecticnoun

    one who follows an eclectic method

  4. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of eclectic in a Sentence

  1. Darren Julien:

    It's really an eclectic auction of a lot of items from Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Madonna, so many items to choose from pop culture history, we anticipate the entire auction could bring in somewhere between 2 and 4 million dollars.

  2. Loren PQ Baybrook:

    I think we’re looking at the middle of the pendulum swing in the history of nominations, a period of apparent balance when the Oscars look eclectic and seem focused on the substance and style of the films themselves.

  3. Dave Chappelle:

    Even a guy like me that's just writing jokes, I have to listen more than I've ever had to listen'cause the gripes is coming so fast and furious. And I'm not dismissive of people's gripes. Might sound like it on stage, but I listen, as a president of a country that's as eclectic as ours.

  4. Jim Lee:

    He also ushered in a slew of unique, very personal and eclectic characters for DC such as the Question, Blue Beetle, Hawk and Dove and more, polite and unassuming -- he never sought attention or the limelight but in many ways represented the hidden hero he saw in all of us. #RIPsteveditko.

  5. Ross Urwin:

    China's design aesthetic is evolving at such an accelerated rate and one of the key motivations is the desire for the expression of individuality, within the lifestyle and design sector, this is being achieved by combining contemporary, mid-century and classic furniture with limited edition pieces to create an eclectic, personalized interior environment.

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