Definitions for: Eclectic

[n] someone who selects according to the eclectic method
[adj] selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

Webster (1913) Definition: Ec*lec"tic, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to pick out, choose out:
cf. F. ['e]clectique. See Eclogue, and cf. Elect.]
1. Selecting; choosing (what is true or excellent in
doctrines, opinions, etc.) from various sources or
systems; as, an eclectic philosopher.

2. Consisting, or made up, of what is chosen or selected; as,
an eclectic method; an eclectic magazine.

Eclectic physician, one of a class of practitioners of
medicine, who select their modes of practice and medicines
from all schools; formerly, sometimes the same as botanic
physician. [U.S.]

Eclectic school. (Paint.) See Bolognese school, under

Ec*lec"tic, n.
One who follows an eclectic method.

Synonyms: discriminating, eclecticist

See Also: philosopher

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