Eclectic meaning

ĭ-klĕktĭk
Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles.

An eclectic taste in music; an eclectic approach to managing the economy.

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A person who uses eclectic methods in philosophy, science, or art.
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Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources.
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One that follows an eclectic method.
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Selecting from various systems, doctrines, or sources.
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Composed of material gathered from various sources, systems, etc.
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The definition of eclectic is something that is made up of various sources or styles.

An example of eclectic is the taste in music of a person who enjoys listening to country, hip hop, gospel and classical music.

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Selecting a mixture of what appears to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles.
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Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.
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Origin of eclectic

  • Greek eklektikos selective from eklektos selected from eklegein to select ek- out ecto– legein to gather leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French éclectique, from Ancient Greek ἐκλεκτικός (eklektikos, “selective”), from ἐκλέγω (eklegō, “I pick, choose”), from ἐκ (ek, “out, from”) + λέγω (legō, “I choose, count”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to elect, which is from Latin rather than Ancient Greek, hence prefix e- (from ex) rather than ἐκ (ek).

    From Wiktionary