Cartesian [ kahr- tee-zh uhn ] SHOW IPA / kɑrˈti ʒən / PHONETIC RESPELLING adjective 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. noun a follower of Cartesian thought.
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Origin of Cartesian
1650–60; <New Latin
) (Latinization of
-ānus -an OTHER WORDS FROM Cartesian Carte·sian·ism, noun post-Car·te·sian, adjective Words nearby Cartesian cartelist
Carter, James Earl
Cartesian coordinate system
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How to use Cartesian in a sentence
In Locke's philosophy, the 'ideas,' legitimate or illegitimate descendants of the
Cartesian theories, play a most prominent part.
Cartesian philosophy is founded on two great principles, the one metaphysical, the other physical.
The stamp of
Cartesian clearness is upon it, but without the logic, the precision, the thoroughness of French thought.
There can be little doubt that Newton himself aimed his rule at the
Cartesian hypothesis of Vortices. British Dictionary definitions for Cartesian adjective of or relating to the works of René Descartes of, relating to, or used in Descartes' mathematical system Cartesian 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 causally See also dualism (def. 2) noun a follower of the teachings and methods of Descartes Derived forms of Cartesian Cartesianism, noun
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