variants or less commonly Vaisesika
plural -s
: an orthodox philosophical system in Hinduism distinguished by its atomic theory of cosmology

Word History


Sanskrit vaiśeṣika distinction, distinct nature of the eternal substances, from viśeṣa distinction, from viśiṣyate it is distinguished, from vi apart, asunder + śiṣyate it is left

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“Vaisheshika.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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