Ar·​is·​to·​te·​lian ˌa-rə-stə-ˈtēl-yən How to pronounce Aristotelian (audio)
variants or less commonly Aristotelean
: of or relating to the Greek philosopher Aristotle or his philosophy
Aristotelian noun

Examples of Aristotelian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Farming offers time for reflection — an Aristotelian balance between nourishing and strengthening the physical body and deepening and improving our souls. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 13 Mar. 2024 As Becky Wins And Stratton Shines For those who don’t know, first principles are an Aristotelian concept of finding axioms or ideas that don’t follow from any other proposition, theory or assumption. John Werner, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 The dictates of Aristotelian drama, in which the climax should also reveal some hidden truth, seemed to be calling her narrative shots. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2023 The appropriate response, and the Aristotelian one, would be to agree with the spirit of the remark. Nikhil Krishnan, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023

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Word History


Latin Aristoteles Aristotle, from Greek Aristotelēs

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aristotelian was in 1581

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“Aristotelian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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