from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles: an eclectic taste in music; an eclectic approach to managing the economy.
- adj. Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources: "a popular bar patronized by an eclectic collection of artists, writers, secretaries and aging soldiers on reserve duty” ( Curtis Wilkie).
- n. One that follows an eclectic method.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Selecting a mixture of what appears to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles.
- adj. Unrelated and unspecialized; heterogeneous.
- n. Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Selecting; choosing (what is true or excellent in doctrines, opinions, etc.) from various sources or systems.
- adj. Consisting, or made up, of what is chosen or selected
- n. One who follows an eclectic method.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Selecting; choosing; not confined to or following any one model or system, but selecting and appropriating whatever is considered best in all.
- A practitioner of the American school of eclectic medicine.
- n. One who, in whatever department of knowledge, not being convinced of the fundamental principles of any existing system, culls from the teachings of different schools such doctrines as seem to him probably true, conformable to good sense, wholesome in practice, or recommended by other secondary considerations; one who holds that opposing schools are right in their distinctive doctrines, wrong only in their opposition to one another.
- n. Specifically— A follower of the ancient eclectic philosophy.
- n. In the early church, a Christian who believed the doctrine of Plato to be conformable to the spirit of the gospel.
- n. In medicine, a practitioner of eclectic medicine, either ancient or modern; an eclectic physician.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
- n. someone who selects according to the eclectic method
Greek eklektikos, selective, from eklektos, selected, from eklegein, to select : ek-, out; see ecto- + legein, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French éclectique, from Ancient Greek ἐκλεκτικός (eklektikos, "selective"), from ἐκλέγω (eklegō, "I pick, choose"), from ἐκ (ek, "out, from") + λέγω (legō, "I choose, count"). (Wiktionary)