Tao definition

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In Chinese philosophy and religion, esp. in Taoism, the central or organizing principle of the universe, moral life, etc.
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In Taoism, the basic, eternal principle of the universe that transcends reality and is the source of being, non-being, and change.
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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.
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The governing creative principle of an art, craft, or other purposeful activity.

The Tao of fashion design.

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(Taoism) The essential principle underlying existence; ultimate reality.
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(Confucianism) The way or path to be followed.
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Origin of tao

  • Mandarin dào way, Tao from Middle Chinese tfiaw`

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

  • From Sinitic 道 (dào; Wade-Giles tao) "˜way, path'.

    From Wiktionary