- a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.
- anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state.
Origin of tabula rasa
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- (esp in the philosophy of Locke) the mind in its uninformed original state
- an opportunity for a fresh start; clean slate
Word Origin for tabula rasa
1530s, "the mind in its primary state," from Latin tabula rasa, literally "scraped tablet," from which writing has been erased, thus ready to be written on again, from tabula (see table) + rasa, fem. past participle of radere "to scrape away, erase" (see raze). A loan-translation of Aristotle's pinakis agraphos, literally "unwritten tablet" ("De anima," 7.22).
Something new, fresh, unmarked, or uninfluenced. Tabula rasa is Latin for “blank slate.”