tabula rasatab·u·la ra·sa
nounpl. ta·bu·lae ra′sae
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.