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tabula rasa

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noun ta·bu·la ra·sa \ˌta-byə-lə-ˈrä-zə, -sə\

Definition of tabula rasa

plural ta·bu·lae ra·sae play \-ˌlī-ˈrä-ˌzī, -ˌsī\

  1. 1 :  the mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions

  2. 2 :  something existing in its original pristine state



Origin of tabula rasa

Latin, smoothed or erased tablet


First Known Use: 1535


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