- selecting or choosing from various sources.
- made up of what is selected from different sources.
- not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
- noting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles, the style in each instance often being chosen for its fancied appropriateness to local tradition, local geography, the purpose to be served, or the cultural background of the client.
- Also ec·lec·ti·cist [ih-klek-tuh-sist] /ɪˈklɛk tə sɪst/. a person who follows an eclectic method, as in philosophy or architecture.
Origin of eclectic
Examples from the Web for eclectically
Monday, following the first Schiaparelli couture show since 1954, where eclectically clad women walked in flat feathered sandals.Schiaparelli Returns to Couture at Paris Fashion Week
January 21, 2014
In all these things Bulwer was essentially the product and the mirror of the new and eclectically educated Victorian age.Social Transformations of the Victorian Age
T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
In the various old and new hylozoistic tendencies, the concepts of force and its correlate, mass, are eclectically united.
The remainder are eclectically chosen auxiliaries whose signification may be readily discerned.The Dynasts
- (in art, philosophy, etc) selecting what seems best from various styles, doctrines, ideas, methods, etc
- composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources, styles, etc
- a person who favours an eclectic approach, esp in art or philosophy
Word Origin and History for eclectically
1680s, originally in reference to a group of ancient philosophers who selected doctrines from every system; from French eclectique (1650s), from Greek eklektikos "selective," literally "picking out," from eklektos "selected," from eklegein "pick out, select," from ek "out" (see ex-) + legein "gather, choose" (see lecture (n.)). Broader sense of "borrowed from diverse sources" is first recorded 1847. As a noun from 1817.