noun ec·type \ˈekˌtīp\

Definition of ectype

  1. 1 :  a copy from an original :  an imitation or reproduction (such as an impression of a seal)

  2. 2a :  something in the world of external reality as distinguished from its eternal and ideal archetype or prototype b Lockeanism :  an idea or impression more or less corresponding to some external reality

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Origin and Etymology of ectype

ec- coming from something else, derivative (from Greek ek out of, out, from ex) + -type (as in archetype) — more at ex-

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