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[lahyb-nits; German lahyp-nits]
  1. Gott·fried Wil·helm von [German gawt-freet vil-helm fuh n] /German ˈgɔt frit ˈvɪl hɛlm fən/, 1646–1716, German philosopher, writer, and mathematician.
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Related formsLeib·niz·i·an, Leib·nitz·i·an [lahyb-nit-see-uh n] /laɪbˈnɪt si ən/, adjective, nounLeib·niz·i·an·ism, Leib·nitz·i·an·ism, nounpost-Leib·nitz·i·an, adjectivepost-Leib·niz·i·an, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The only alloy was that he could not understand what Leibnitz wanted.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • "One event is always the son of another," he said—a saying strikingly like that of Leibnitz.


    John Spargo

  • Leibnitz wrote in Latin and French, and his culture was mainly French.

  • Leibnitz did not understand him, and the followers of Leibnitz do not understand him now.

  • Spinoza's Ethics appeared in 1677; and we know that they were read by Leibnitz.

British Dictionary definitions for leibnitz



  1. Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von (ˈɡɔtfriːt ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn). 1646–1716, German rationalist philosopher and mathematician. He conceived of the universe as a hierarchy of independent units or monads, synchronized by pre-established harmony. His works include Théodicée (1710) and Monadologia (1714). He also devised a system of calculus, independently of Newton
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Derived FormsLeibnitzian, adjective
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leibnitz in Science


  1. German philosopher and mathematician who invented the mathematical processes of differentiation and integration, which greatly expanded the field of calculus. Leibniz also established the foundations of probability theory and conceived the idea for a practical calculating machine.
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