noun, plural ta·bu·lae ra·sae [tab-yuh-lee rah-see, -zee, rey-; Latin tah-boo-lahy rah-sahy] /ˈtæb yəˌli ˈrɑ si, -zi, ˈreɪ-; Latin ˈtɑ bʊˌlaɪ ˈrɑ saɪ/.
Origin of tabula rasa
British Dictionary definitions for tabula rasa
noun plural tabulae rasae (ˈtæbjʊliː ˈrɑːsiː)
Word Origin for tabula rasa
Word Origin and History 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).
Culture definitions for tabula rasa
Something new, fresh, unmarked, or uninfluenced. Tabula rasa is Latin for “blank slate.”