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e·clec·tic

 (ĭ-klĕk′tĭk)
adj.
1. Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles: an eclectic taste in music; an eclectic approach to managing the economy.
2. Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources: "a popular bar patronized by an eclectic collection of artists, writers, secretaries and aging soldiers on reserve duty" (Curtis Wilkie).
n.
One that follows an eclectic method.

[Greek eklektikos, selective, from eklektos, selected, from eklegein, to select : ek-, out; see ecto- + legein, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

e·clec′ti·cal·ly adv.

eclectic

(ɪˈklɛktɪk; ɛˈklɛk-)
adj
1. (Art Terms) (in art, philosophy, etc) selecting what seems best from various styles, doctrines, ideas, methods, etc
2. composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources, styles, etc
n
a person who favours an eclectic approach, esp in art or philosophy
[C17: from Greek eklektikos, from eklegein to select, from legein to gather]
ecˈlectically adv

ec•lec•tic

(ɪˈklɛk tɪk)

adj.
1. selecting or choosing from various systems, methodologies, etc.; not following any one system.
2. made up of elements selected from various sources: an eclectic philosophy.
n.
3. Also, ec•lec•ti•cist (ɪˈklɛk tə sɪst) a person who follows an eclectic method or mode.
[1675–85; < Greek eklektikós selective =eklekt(ós) chosen (v. adj. of eklégein to single out =ek- ec- + légein to choose) + -ikos -ic]
ec•lec′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eclectic - someone who selects according to the eclectic method
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy
Adj.1.eclectic - selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
discriminating - showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste; "the discriminating eye of the connoisseur"

eclectic

Translations

eclectic

[ɪˈklektɪk] ADJ & Necléctico/a m/f

eclectic

[ɪˈklɛktɪk] adj (= diverse) [collection] → hétéroclite; [tastes] → éclectique

eclectic

adjeklektisch

eclectic

[ɪˈklɛktɪk] adjeclettico/a
References in classic literature ?
A true eclectic, as it would be expressed nowadays, Gringoire was one of those firm and lofty, moderate and calm spirits, which always know how to bear themselves amid all circumstances ( stare in dimidio rerum ), and who are full of reason and of liberal philosophy, while still setting store by cardinals.
Conrart might translate into eclectic Latin, 'Calm with the lowly; stormy with the strong.'"
Jackson, who was a true eclectic, would usually say to his sister: "I've been a little gouty since my last dinner at the Lovell Mingotts'--it will do me good to diet at Adeline's."