Tabula-rasa meaning

tăbyə-lə räsə, -zə
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A need or an opportunity to start from the beginning.
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A blank tablet; clean slate.
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(uncountable) The idea that the mind comes into this world as a "blank slate".
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(countable) Anything which exists in a pristine state.
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Origin of tabula-rasa

  • Medieval Latin tabula rāsa Latin tabula tablet Latin rāsa feminine of rāsus erased

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

  • From Latin tabula (“tablet") + rāsa, feminine singular of rāsus (“scraped, erased").

    From Wiktionary