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Philosophy had become extravagant, eclectic, abstract, devoid of any real content.

There are courses that are foundational and that must therefore be governed by an eclectic aim.

We've had all the doctors, eclectic an' herb besides, an' they don't give her no hope.

The crowd of onlookers was as odd, and eclectic, and keen, as can possibly be imagined.

With respect to "highness" and "lowness," my ideas are only eclectic and not very clear.

The number of eclectic students was stationary at the two periods.

The eclectic philosophy is most flourishing among you Christians.

Cicero is an eclectic, with a leaning to the New Academy: Tusc.

Another of the exiles was the eclectic philosopher Simplicius, "the most acute and judicious of the interpreters of Aristotle."

Only the avowed sceptic or the recognized eccentric can be an eclectic.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, originally in reference to a group of ancient philosophers who selected doctrines from every system; from French eclectique (1650s), from Greek eklektikos "selective," literally "picking out," from eklektos "selected," from eklegein "pick out, select," from ek "out" (see ex-) + legein "gather, choose" (see lecture (n.)). Broader sense of "borrowed from diverse sources" is first recorded 1847. As a noun from 1817.

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