[ nee-oh-kuh n-fyoo-shuh n ]
/ ˌni oʊ kənˈfyu ʃən /


of or relating to an eclectic philosophical movement of the 12th to the 16th centuries, incorporating Taoist and Buddhist elements with an adaptation of Confucianism.


an advocate or follower of neo-Confucianism.

Origin of neo-Confucian

First recorded in 1945–50
Also called neo-Ju.

OTHER WORDS FROM neo-Confucian

ne·o-Con·fu·cian·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019