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The song's rhythm bangs as, before our very eyes, this Swiftian tabula rasa transforms into some sort of android.
Progressives take a tabula rasa view of the human condition, the human animal, the human experience, and human society.
In many ways the fossils served as tabula rasa upon which artists project many other narratives.
Each season is a tabula rasa in which the accomplishments of the past have been totally erased.
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Philosophers have been arguing that babies are born with minds that are essentially blank slates since the days of Aristotle. (Later, some psychologists took up the case as well.) English speakers have called that initial state of mental blankness tabula rasa (a term taken from a Latin phrase that translates as "smooth or erased tablet") since the 16th century, but it wasn't until British philosopher John Locke championed the concept in his Essay Concerning Human Understanding in 1690 that the term gained widespread popularity in our language. In later years, a figurative sense of the term emerged, referring to something that exists in its original state and that has yet to be altered by outside forces.
Origin and Etymology of tabula rasa
First Known Use: 1535See Words from the same year
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