[ kahr-tee-zhuhn ]

  1. 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.

  1. a follower of Cartesian thought.

Origin of Cartesian

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

Other words from Cartesian

  • Carte·sian·ism, noun
  • post-Car·te·sian, adjective

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How to use Cartesian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Cartesian


/ (kɑːˈtiːzɪən, -ʒjən) /

  1. of or relating to the works of René Descartes

  2. of, relating to, or used in Descartes' mathematical system: Cartesian coordinates

  1. 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)

  1. a follower of the teachings and methods of Descartes

Derived forms of Cartesian

  • Cartesianism, noun

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