aji·​vi·​ka | \ ä-ˈjē-və-kə \
plural -s

Definition of ajivika

: a member of a nontheistic religious sect greatly resembling Jainism that was founded by the Indian teacher Maskarin Gosala, a contemporary of the Buddha and Mahavira, and that flourished from the 6th to the 3d centuries b.c. as a rival of Buddhism and Jainism

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First Known Use of ajivika

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ajivika

Sanskrit ājīvika, literally, following special rules with regard to livelihood, from ājīva livelihood, from ājīvati he lives on, from ā toward + jīvati he lives, from jīva living

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“Ajivika.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ajivika. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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