or Sam·khya

[ sahng-kyuh ]
/ ˈsɑŋ kyə /


one of the six leading systems of Hindu philosophy, stressing the reality and duality of spirit and matter.

Origin of Sankhya

First recorded in 1780–90, Sankhya is from the Sanskrit word sāṅkhya Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈsæŋkjə) /


one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy, teaching an eternal interaction of spirit and matter

Word Origin for Sankhya

from Sanskrit sāmkhya, literally: based on calculation, from samkhyāti he reckons
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