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[el-ee-at-ik] /ˌɛl iˈæt ɪk/
of or relating to Elea.
noting or pertaining to a school of philosophy, founded by Parmenides, that investigated the phenomenal world, especially with reference to the phenomena of change.
a philosopher of the Eleatic school.
Origin of Eleatic
1685-95; < Latin Eleāticus < Greek Eleātikós. See Elea, -tic
Related forms
Eleaticism, noun Unabridged
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  • The effect of the paradoxes of Zeno extended far beyond the Eleatic circle.

    Sophist Plato
  • The Eleatic philosopher would have replied that Being is alone true.

    Sophist Plato
  • Under 'Not-being' the Eleatic had included all the realities of the sensible world.

    Sophist Plato
  • The Eleatic notion that being and thought were the same was revived in a new form by Descartes.

    Meno Plato
  • Here a step is made beyond the limits of the Eleatic philosophy.

    Meno Plato
  • The conclusion at which we must arrive is that the Parmenides is not a refutation of the Eleatic philosophy.

    Parmenides Plato
  • Or that he has any Eleatic speculation to oppose to the Heracleiteanism of Cratylus.

    Cratylus Plato
  • Such, indeed, was the sentence passed by the philosophers of the Eleatic school.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • In Parmenides the Eleatic this motive is most strikingly exhibited.

    The Approach to Philosophy Ralph Barton Perry
  • These notices of the Eleatic sage, we feel, are not in any sense accidental.

British Dictionary definitions for Eleatic


denoting or relating to a school of philosophy founded in Elea in Greece in the 6th century bc by Xenophanes, Parmenides, and Zeno. It held that one pure immutable Being is the only object of knowledge and that information obtained by the senses is illusory
a follower of this school
Derived Forms
Eleaticism (ˌɛlɪˈætɪˌsɪzəm) noun
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