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 (păn-ŏp′tĭk) also pan·op·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
Including everything visible in one view.

[From Greek panoptos, fully visible : pan-, with respect to everything, fully; see pan- + optos, visible; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]


(pænˈɒptɪk) or


taking in all parts, aspects, etc, in a single view; all-embracing: a panoptic survey.
[C19: from Greek panoptēs seeing everything, from pan- + optos visible]
panˈoptically adv


(pænˈɒp tɪk)

also pan•op′ti•cal,

permitting the viewing of all parts or elements: a panoptic tissue stain for microscopic viewing.
[1820–30; < Greek panópt(ēs) all-seeing + -ic. See pan-, optic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.panoptic - including everything visible in one view; "a panoptic aerial photograph of the missile base"; "a panoptic stain used in microscopy"
seeable, visible - capable of being seen; or open to easy view; "a visible object"; "visible stars"; "mountains visible in the distance"; "a visible change of expression"; "visible files"
2.panoptic - broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
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In shortcutting more extensive discussions, they avoid the issues of compulsory heterosexuality and the Foucauldian disciplinary regime (even when the panoptic nature of surveillance and discipline seem to spring from their sources.
What results is a panoptic montage that reconciles a narrative that occasionally appears disjointed.
Foucault criticized panoptic social practices in which the eye functions as a coercive, disciplinary power.
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