- in Chinese philosophy and religion, esp. in Taoism, the central or organizing principle of the universe, moral life, etc.
- the governing creative principle of an art, craft, or other purposeful activity: often with the: the Tao of fashion design
Origin of TaoChinese tao, (the) way
- In Taoism, the basic, eternal principle of the universe that transcends reality and is the source of being, non-being, and change.
- In Confucianism, the right manner of human activity and virtuous conduct seen as stemming from universal criteria and ideals governing right, wrong, and other categories of existence.
Origin of TaoMandarin dào road, way, Tao from Middle Chinese t&hhook;aw` from Early Middle Chinese daw' from Old Chinese lû&qnodot;
From Sinitic é“ (dÃ o; Wade-Giles tao) "˜way, path'.