tabula rasa [ tab-y uh-l uh rah-s uh, -z uh, rey-; Latin tah-b oo-lah -sah] rah Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural ta·bu·lae ra·sae . [ tab-y uh-lee rah-see, -zee, rey-; Latin tah-b oo-lahy -sahy] rah /ˈtæb yəˌli ˈrɑ si, -zi, ˈreɪ-; ˈtɑ bʊˌlaɪ ˈrɑ saɪ/ Latin a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc. anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state. Origin of tabula rasa
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1525–35, tabula rasa is from the Latin word tabula rāsa scraped tablet, clean slate
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British Dictionary definitions for tabula rasa noun plural tabulae rasae ( ˈtæbjʊliː ˈrɑːsiː) (esp in the philosophy of Locke) the mind in its uninformed original state an opportunity for a fresh start; clean slate Word Origin
Latin: a scraped tablet (one from which the writing has been erased)
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Word Origin and History for tabula rasa n.
1530s, "the mind in its primary state," from Latin
tabula rasa, literally "scraped tablet," from which writing has been erased, thus ready to be written on again, from tabula (see table) + rasa, fem. past participle of radere "to scrape away, erase" (see raze). A loan-translation of Aristotle's pinakis agraphos, literally "unwritten tablet" ("De anima," 7.22).
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tabula rasa [( tab-yuh-luh rah-zuh, rah-suh)]
Something new, fresh, unmarked, or uninfluenced.
Tabula rasa is Latin for “blank slate.” Note
believed that a child's mind was a tabula rasa.
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