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Definition of eclecticism

: the theory or practice of an eclectic method

Examples of eclecticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resultant music blends freewheeling improvisation, eclecticism, and concision., 9 June 2021 Cave’s lack of worry around being divisive that sees Cave Things fit seamlessly into his canon, but also its spirit of wild eclecticism. Liam Hess, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2021 Somewhere, Four Tet’s eclecticism and Skrillex’s alien bass tendencies found common ground and the show was a success, according to live reviews. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 14 May 2021 On the 10th anniversary of Lagos Fashion Week, the images pay testament to the richness and eclecticism of Nigeria’s fashion landscape. Liam Hess, Vogue, 4 Dec. 2020 Such eclecticism is still rare within the plus-size luxury market, a space where Dunham felt there was room for improvement. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2021 Polk’s own duplex, a still-standing seven-story building at 1013-17 Vallejo St. constructed in 1892, is a wonderful example of his eclecticism. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2021 His three Christmas albums have showcased his love of orchestration and harmonies — particularly his collaborations with the Atlanta Pops — and Hopkins’ penchant for melodic eclecticism is evident throughout the album. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, 16 Feb. 2021 It’s a tour de force of intellectual eclecticism, and a vital recognition that the war within conservatism matters. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of eclecticism

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eclecticism

eclectic entry 1 + -ism

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The first known use of eclecticism was in 1798

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17 Jun 2021

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“Eclecticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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eclec·​ti·​cism | \ -ˈklek-tə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce eclecticism (audio) \

Medical Definition of eclecticism

1 : a theory or practice (as of medicine or psychotherapy) that combines doctrines or methods (as therapeutic procedures) from diverse sources
2 : a system of medicine once popular in the United States that depended on plant remedies

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