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Eleatic

[el-ee-at-ik]
adjective
  1. of or relating to Elea.
  2. noting or pertaining to a school of philosophy, founded by Parmenides, that investigated the phenomenal world, especially with reference to the phenomena of change.
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noun
  1. a philosopher of the Eleatic school.
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Origin of Eleatic

1685–95; < Latin Eleāticus < Greek Eleātikós. See Elea, -tic
Related formsEl·e·at·i·cism, noun
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Historical Examples of eleatic

  • Under 'Not-being' the Eleatic had included all the realities of the sensible world.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • The Eleatic philosopher would have replied that Being is alone true.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • The effect of the paradoxes of Zeno extended far beyond the Eleatic circle.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • Here a step is made beyond the limits of the Eleatic philosophy.

    Meno

    Plato

  • The Eleatic notion that being and thought were the same was revived in a new form by Descartes.

    Meno

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for eleatic

Eleatic

adjective
  1. denoting or relating to a school of philosophy founded in Elea in Greece in the 6th century bc by Xenophanes, Parmenides, and Zeno. It held that one pure immutable Being is the only object of knowledge and that information obtained by the senses is illusory
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noun
  1. a follower of this school
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Derived FormsEleaticism (ˌɛlɪˈætɪˌsɪzəm), noun
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