EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Biology any simple, single-celled organism. any of various small, flagellate, colorless ameboids with one to three flagella, especially of the genus Monas. . Philosophy (in the metaphysics of Leibniz) an unextended, indivisible, and indestructible entity that is the basic or ultimate constituent of the universe and a microcosm of it. (in the philosophy of Giordano Bruno) a basic and irreducible metaphysical unit that is spatially and psychically individuated. any basic metaphysical entity, especially having an autonomous life. a single unit or entity. Origin of monad 1605–15;
Late Latin monad-
): unity. See
-ad 1 Related forms mo·nad·ic , [m uh- nad-ik] /məˈnæd ɪk/ mo·nad·i·cal, mo·nad·al, adjective mo·nad·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for monadic Historical Examples of monadic British Dictionary definitions for monadic adjective being or relating to a monad logic maths (of an operator, predicate, etc) having only a single argument place noun plural -ads or -ades ( -əˌdiːz) philosophy any fundamental singular metaphysical entity, esp if autonomous (in the metaphysics of Leibnitz) a simple indestructible nonspatial element regarded as the unit of which reality consists (in the pantheistic philosophy of Giordano Bruno) a fundamental metaphysical unit that is spatially extended and psychically aware a single-celled organism, esp a flagellate protozoan an atom, ion, or radical with a valency of one
Also called (for senses 1, 2):
monas Derived Forms monadical, adjective monadically, adverb Word Origin for monad
C17: from Late Latin
monas, from Greek: unit, from monos alone
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Word Origin and History for monadic n.
"unity, arithmetical unit," 1610s, from Late Latin
monas (genitive monadis), from Greek monas "unit," from monos "alone" (see mono-). In Leibnitz's philosophy, "an ultimate unit of being" (1748). Related: Monadic.
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n. An atom or a radical with a valence of 1. A single-celled microorganism, especially a protozoan of the genus Monas. Any of the four chromatids of a tetrad that, after the first and second meiotic divisions, separate to become the chromosomal material in each of the four daughter cells. Related forms mo•nad ( ′ic mə-năd) null ′ik adj.
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