Origin of eclectic
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However, if reports are to be trusted, Ammonius was an eclecticist, who prided himself on combining Plato with Aristotle.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
Word Origin for eclectic
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.