Definitions

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

  • noun In Taoism, the basic, eternal principle of the universe that transcends reality and is the source of being, non-being, and change.
  • noun 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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  • noun an adherent of any branch of Taoism
  • noun the ultimate principle of the universe

Etymologies

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

[Mandarin dào, way, Tao, from Middle Chinese tɦaw`.]

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  • The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff

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