What does eclecticism mean?

Definitions for eclecticismɪˈklɛk təˌsɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eclecticism, eclectic method(noun)

    making decisions on the basis of what seems best instead of following some single doctrine or style


  1. eclecticism(Noun)

    The quality of being eclectic

  2. eclecticism(Noun)

    An approach to thought that draws upon multiple theories to gain complementary insights into phenomena

  3. eclecticism(Noun)

    Any form of art that borrows from multiple other styles

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eclecticism(noun)

    theory or practice of an eclectic

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. clecticisme. Cf. Electicism.]


  1. Eclecticism

    Eclecticism is a conceptual approach that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions, but instead draws upon multiple theories, styles, or ideas to gain complementary insights into a subject, or applies different theories in particular cases. It can sometimes seem inelegant or lacking in simplicity, and eclectics are sometimes criticized for lack of consistency in their thinking. It is, however, common in many fields of study. For example, most psychologists accept certain aspects of behaviorism, but do not attempt to use the theory to explain all aspects of human behavior. A statistician may use frequentist techniques on one occasion and Bayesian ones on another.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eclecticism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eclecticism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. F. H. Bradley:

    Eclecticism. Every truth is so true that any truth must be false.

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