idée mère

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From French idée mère.

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idée mère (plural idées mères)

  1. A fundamental idea or guiding principle, seen as giving rise to something. [from 19th c.]
    • 1863, John Stewart Mill, Utilitarianism, V:
      The idée mère, the primitive element, in the formation of the notion of justice, was conformity to law.
    • 1868, The Saturday Review, 26 Sep 1868:
      M. Malot pursues this physiological development of his idée-mere with a good deal of skill, and it is, we think, the most interesting feature of his book.

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idée mère f (plural idées mères)

  1. idée mère