[ kahr-tee-zhuh n ]
/ kɑrˈti ʒən /


of or relating to Descartes, his mathematical methods, or his philosophy, especially with regard to its emphasis on logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.


a follower of Cartesian thought.

Origin of Cartesian

1650–60; < New Latin Cartesiānus, equivalent to Cartesi(us) (Latinization of Descartes) + -ānus -an

Related forms

Carte·sian·ism, nounpost-Car·te·sian, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cartesian


/ (kɑːˈtiːzɪən, -ʒjən) /


of or relating to the works of René Descartes
of, relating to, or used in Descartes' mathematical systemCartesian coordinates
of, relating to, or derived from Descartes' philosophy, esp his contentions that personal identity consists in the continued existence of a unique mind and that the mind and body are connected causallySee also dualism (def. 2)


a follower of the teachings and methods of Descartes

Derived Forms

Cartesianism, noun
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