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Tao

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noun \ˈdau̇, ˈtau̇\

Simple Definition of Tao

  • : the source and guiding principle of all reality according to Taoism

Full Definition of Tao

  1. 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. 2 often not capitalized :  the path of virtuous conduct as conceived by Confucians

  3. 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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