[mon-uh-diz-uh m, moh-nad-iz-uh m]

noun Philosophy.

the doctrine of monads as ultimate units of being.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the philosophy of Leibniz.

Also mon·ad·ol·o·gy [mon-uh-dol-uh-jee, moh-na‐] /ˌmɒn əˈdɒl ə dʒi, ˌmoʊ næ‐/.

Origin of monadism

First recorded in 1870–75; monad + -ism
Related formsmon·ad·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monadology

Historical Examples of monadology

  • Leibnitz gave a compendious statement of his system in his Monadology .

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • This relation, taking the premises of the monadology, might seem enigmatical.

  • Leibnitz, in his Monadology, and more especially his Theodicy, witnessed to his belief in this doctrine.


    Th. Pascal

  • Monadology, rightly understood, does not oppose the ideas of the Christian religion, as I will demonstrate immediately.

    The Home

    Fredrika Bremer

  • It is fairly obvious that the Leibnizian monadology is the necessary outcome of any such philosophy.

    The Concept of Nature

    Alfred North Whitehead

British Dictionary definitions for monadology


monadology (ˌmɒnəˈdɒlədʒɪ, ˌməʊ-)


(esp in the writings of Leibnitz) the philosophical doctrine that monads are the ultimate units of reality
Derived Formsmonadistic, adjective
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