tabula rasa

[ tab-yuh-luh rah-suh, -zuh, rey-; Latin tah-boo-lah rah-sah ]SEE DEFINITION OF tabula rasa
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Actually it is a tabula rasa, an empty slate, a blank paper.

These new problems can only be met and settled with a "tabula rasa."

In relation to knowledge of any kind, their mind was almost a tabula rasa.

His mind, owing to his lonely and isolated youth, is tabula rasa.

And that is the right spirit: to leave nothing but a tabula rasa for those that come after.

They've made my head into a tabula rasa for the various restorers.

The mind is a tabula rasa, upon which sense-impressions are inscribed.

But one might draw another inference from the tabula rasa theory.

In reality they made a tabula rasa of the existing organisation.

In a word, Lewis had made for Jackson a sort of tabula rasa record on the subject of the tariff.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

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