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From French éclectique, from Ancient Greek ἐκλεκτικός (eklektikós, selective), from ἐκλέγω (eklégō, I pick, choose), from ἐκ (ek, out, from) + λέγω (légō, I choose, count).

Cognate to elect.


  • IPA(key): /ɛkˈlɛk.tɪk/, /ɪˈklɛk.tɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛktɪk


eclectic (comparative more eclectic, superlative most eclectic)

  1. Selecting a mixture of what appears to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles.
    • 1893, John Robson, Hinduism and its Relations to Christianity, pages 211, 214:
      Chunder Sen and the Progressive Brahmists broke entirely with Hinduism...and he selected from the scriptures of all creeds what seemed best in them for instruction and for worship. [] It is an eclectic religion: it seeks to select what is good from all religions, and it has become the latest evidence that no eclectic religion can ever influence large numbers of men.
  2. Unrelated and unspecialized; heterogeneous.
    • 1983, Peter J. Wilson, Man, the Promising Primate: The Conditions of Human Evolution, page 140:
      All members of the Hominoidea, apes and man, show an eclectic taste in food but select, from a wide range of possibilities, only a few to provide the bulk of their diet.
    • 2006, W. Frederick Zimmerman, Should Barack Obama Be President?, page 153:
      Colvin said Obama has an eclectic taste in music, listening to everything from Indonesian flute music to OutKast to Motown.
    • 2018 September 26, Drachinifel, 2:30 from the start, in The Battle of Lissa - Special[1], archived from the original on 9 August 2023:
      The Austrians concentrated their entire armored formation into the 1st Division; the 2nd Division consisted solely of the wooden ship of the line Kaiser, looking incredibly out of place in a battle of ironclads, along with five frigates; and the 3rd Division had an eclectic collection of smaller gunboats and armed merchantmen.



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eclectic (plural eclectics)

  1. Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.




Borrowed from French éclectique.



eclectic m or n (feminine singular eclectică, masculine plural eclectici, feminine and neuter plural eclectice)

  1. eclectic