from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The dominant western Christian theological and philosophical school of the Middle Ages, based on the authority of the Latin Fathers and of Aristotle and his commentators.
- n. Close adherence to the methods, traditions, and teachings of a sect or school.
- n. Scholarly conservatism or pedantry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a tradition or school of philosophy, originating in the Middle Ages, that combines classical philosophy with Catholic theology
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The method or subtilties of the schools of philosophy; scholastic formality; scholastic doctrines or philosophy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Aristotelian teaching of the medieval schools and universities, and similar teaching in Roman Catholic institutions in modern times, characterized by acknowledgment of the authority of the church, by being largely, if not wholly, based upon the authority of the church fathers, of Aristotle, and of Arabian commentators, and by its stiff and formal method of discussion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. orthodoxy of a scholastic variety
- n. the system of philosophy dominant in medieval Europe; based on Aristotle and the Church Fathers
scholastic + -ism (Wiktionary)