tabula rasa[tab′yə lə rā′sə]
a blank tablet; clean slate: used esp. of the mind when regarded as blank until impressions are recorded upon it by experience
Origin of tabula rasaMedieval Latin ; from Classical Latin tabula (see table) + rasa, feminine past participle of radere, to scrape, erase
nounpl. 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 of tabula rasaMedieval Latin tabula rāsa : Latin tabula, tablet + Latin rāsa, feminine of rāsus, erased.
(usually uncountable, plural tabulae rasae or tabulÃ¦ rasÃ¦)
- (uncountable) The idea that the mind comes into this world as a "blank slate".
- (countable) Anything which exists in a pristine state.