What does tabula rasa mean?

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

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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


  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.


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tabula rasa in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tabula rasa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pierre Joutard:

    (It was) very important for us to keep the past of the memories because we don't want to do tabula rasa.

  2. Joan Punyet Miro:

    That was the beginning of revolution and the provocational spirit of Dadaism to try to make tabula rasa with everything, because there were terrible moral and ethical bankruptcies.

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