anekantavada

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Sanskrit अनेकान्तवाद (an-ekānta-vāda, scepticism, non-absolutism), a compound literally meaning "doctrine of non-exclusivity".

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɑːneɪkɑːntəˈvɑːdə/

Noun[edit]

anekantavada (uncountable)

  1. (Jainism) The doctrine of many-sidedness, specifically that reality and truth have multiple aspects and demands diverse points of view.
    • 2016, Sunil Khilnani, Incarnations, Penguin 2017, p. 13:
      And, ultimately, anekantavada was not a doctrine of relativism: the blind men were, in the end, arguing over the same elephant.

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