Simple Definition of Tao
: the source and guiding principle of all reality according to Taoism
Full Definition of Tao
1a : the unconditional and unknowable source and guiding principle of all reality as conceived by Taoistsb : the process of nature by which all things change and which is to be followed for a life of harmony
2 often not capitalized : the path of virtuous conduct as conceived by Confucians
3 often not capitalized : the art or skill of doing something in harmony with the essential nature of the thing <the Tao of archery>
Origin of tao
Chinese (Beijing) dào, literally, way
First Known Use: 1736
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