tabula rasa[tab′yə lə rā′sə]
Origin: ML from Classical Latin tabula (see table) plush rasa, feminine past participle of radere, to scrape, erase
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noun pl. tab·u·lae ra·sae
- a. The mind before it receives the impressions gained from experience.b. The unformed, featureless mind in the philosophy of John Locke.
- A need or an opportunity to start from the beginning.
Origin: Medieval Latin tabula rāsa : Latin tabula, tablet + Latin rāsa, feminine of rāsus, erased.
tabula rasa - Cultural Definition
Something new, fresh, unmarked, or uninfluenced. Tabula rasa is Latin for “blank slate.”
- John Locke believed that a child's mind was a tabula rasa.