- of or relating to Descartes, his mathematical methods, or his philosophy, especially with regard to its emphasis on logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.
- a follower of Cartesian thought.
Origin of Cartesian
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- of or relating to the works of René Descartes
- of, relating to, or used in Descartes' mathematical systemCartesian coordinates
- of, relating to, or derived from Descartes' philosophy, esp his contentions that personal identity consists in the continued existence of a unique mind and that the mind and body are connected causallySee also dualism (def. 2)
- a follower of the teachings and methods of Descartes
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1650s, from Cartesius, Latinized form of the name of French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes (1596-1650), + -ian.
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