from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. In Taoism, the basic, eternal principle of the universe that transcends reality and is the source of being, non-being, and change.
  • n. In Confucianism, the right manner of human activity and virtuous conduct seen as stemming from universal criteria and ideals governing right, wrong, and other categories of existence.

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  • n. an adherent of any branch of Taoism
  • n. the ultimate principle of the universe


Chinese (Mandarin) dào, way.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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