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Herbartian

adjective Her·bar·ti·an \(ˈ)her¦bärtēən, ¦hər¦-\

Definition of Herbartian

  1. :  of or relating to the German philosopher Herbart, his doctrines, or especially the educational system outlined by him and developed by his disciples

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Origin and Etymology of herbartian

Johann F. Herbart †1841 German philosopher + English -ian


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Herbartian

noun Her·bar·ti·an \"\

Definition of Herbartian

plural

-s

  1. :  one who supports or believes in Herbartian doctrines

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