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noun, plural sche·ma·ta [skee-muh-tuh or, sometimes, skee-mah-tuh, ski-], /ˈski mə tə or, sometimes, skiˈmɑ tə, skɪ-/, sche·mas.
a diagram, plan, or scheme.
an underlying organizational pattern or structure; conceptual framework: A schema provides the basis by which someone relates to the events they experience.
(in Kantian epistemology) a concept, similar to a universal but limited to phenomenal knowledge, by which an object of knowledge or an idea of pure reason may be apprehended.
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Origin of schema
First recorded in 1790–1800; from Greek schêma “form, shape, appearance”
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How to use schema in a sentence
In axiomatic geometry the words point, straight line, etc., stand only for empty conceptual schemata.Sidelights on Relativity|Albert Einstein
Such transcendental determinations of time are the schemata of the pure conceptions of the understanding.'
The account of the schemata of the remaining categories need not be considered.
Images are always particular; schemata are always universal.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
If they are pure concepts of Understanding, the intuitions are called schemata.Kant's Critique of Judgement|Immanuel Kant
British Dictionary definitions for schema
/ (ˈskiːmə) /
noun plural -mata (-mətə)
a plan, diagram, or scheme
(in the philosophy of Kant) a rule or principle that enables the understanding to apply its categories and unify experienceuniversal succession is the schema of causality
psychol a mental model of aspects of the world or of the self that is structured in such a way as to facilitate the processes of cognition and perception
logic an expression using metavariables that may be replaced by object language expressions to yield a well-formed formula. Thus A = A is an axiom schema for identity, representing the infinite number of axioms, x = x, y = y, z = z, etc
Word Origin for schema
C19: from Greek: form
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