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 (kō-pûr′nĭ-kən, kə-)
Of or relating to the theory of Copernicus that the earth rotates daily on its axis and, with the other planets in the solar system, revolves around the sun.


(koʊˈpɜr nɪ kən, kə-)

1. of or pertaining to Copernicus or his theories.
2. important and radically different: a Copernican revolution in modern art.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Copernican - of radical or major importance; "a Copernican revolution in modern art"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
2.Copernican - according to Copernicus; "in the Copernican system the earth and other planets revolve around the sun"
heliocentric - having the sun as the center


References in classic literature ?
Even in natural science he was not altogether abreast of his time--he refused to accept Harvey's discovery of the manner of the circulation of the blood and the Copernican system of astronomy.
My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System.
How then did he come to publish the Dialogue on Two Chief World Systems in 1632 in which he most certainly did defend the Copernican account of the earth's motion as the theory in closest accord with the observational evidence?
It closes by explaining the sense in which Kant is at the crossroads of modernity: while Kant's Copernican revolution minimizes the ontological priority of the object over the subject, Cicovacki explains that Kant need not have affirmed the epistemological priority of the subject over the object.
Howell concludes in general that the Dutch rebellion against Spanish rule encouraged the reception there of all three contentious movements: Cartesian philosophy and Copernican astronomy as well as Reformed religion itself.
In 1993, Gott used a similar viewpoint -- calling it the Copernican principle -- to estimate our likelihood of colonizing our galaxy and encountering intelligent extraterrestrial life.
NEW YORK -- Creative Good, a New York-based customer experience consultancy, announced the winners of the 2005 Copernican Awards last night, April 27, during a dinner held at the Rainbow Room.
The step up in trip on his first appearance in handicap company suited Sir Mark Prescott's Copernican, but Seb Sanders had to work a bit harder than might have been expected to get him home in the 1m3f handicap.
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He mistakenly believed that a demonstration of the Copernican doctrine was within his grasp.
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In such an overall context, it is a wasted opportunity to dismiss Bruno's Copernican diagram in the Cena, which has been at the center of a long and complex twentieth-century discussion, with only the briefest of comments based on frequently questioned nineteenth-century sources (but then, why should a magus be interested in Copernicus?