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Tao(dou, tou) also Dao (dou)
1. In Taoism, the basic, eternal principle of the universe that transcends reality and is the source of being, non-being, and change.
2. In Confucianism, the right manner of human activity and virtuous conduct seen as stemming from universal criteria and ideals governing right, wrong, and other categories of existence.
[Mandarin dào, road, way, Tao, from Middle Chinese tɦaw`, from Early Middle Chinese daw', from Old Chinese *lûʔ.]
(in the philosophy of Taoism) n
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) that in virtue of which all things happen or exist
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) the rational basis of human conduct
3. (Other Non-Christian Religions) the course of life and its relation to eternal truth
[Chinese, literally: path, way]
1. (sometimes l.c.) (in Taoism) the dynamic principle of life by which all things happen or exist.
2. (often l.c.) (in Confucianism) the rational basis of human conduct.
[< Chinese dào literally, way]
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|Noun||1.||Tao - an adherent of any branch of Taoism|
Taoism - religion adhering to the teaching of Lao-tzu
Taoism - a Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism
|2.||Tao - the ultimate principle of the universe|
principle - a basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy"