from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to Aristotle or to his philosophy.
  • noun A follower of Aristotle or his teachings.
  • noun A person whose thinking and methods tend to be empirical, scientific, or commonsensical.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to Aristotle (born at Stagira in Macedonia, 384 b. c., died 322 b. c.), the father of logic and the most influential of all philosophers, or to his works, school, or philosophy. See peripatetic.
  • Formal logic, based on the four propositional forms: All S is P; No S is P; Some S is P; Some S is not P.
  • noun A follower of Aristotle. See peripatetic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher (384-322 b. c.).

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  • noun A disciple of Aristotle (for ancient Greek disciples, see peripatetic; for medieval Christian ones, see scholastic)
  • adjective Of or pertaining to Aristotle, his philosophy, logic, or followers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to Aristotle or his philosophy
  • noun a follower of Aristotle or an adherent of Aristotelianism


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