Tao

[ dou, tou ]
/ daʊ, taʊ /

noun (sometimes lowercase)

(in philosophical Taoism) that in virtue of which all things happen or exist.
the rational basis of human activity or conduct.
a universal, regarded as an ideal attained to a greater or lesser degree by those embodying it.

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Origin of Tao

< Chinese (Wade-Giles) Tao4, (pinyin) dào literally, way
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British Dictionary definitions for tao

Tao
/ (taʊ) /

noun (in the philosophy of Taoism)

that in virtue of which all things happen or exist
the rational basis of human conduct
the course of life and its relation to eternal truth

Word Origin for Tao

Chinese, literally: path, way
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