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also Ne·o-Pla·to·nism  (nē′ō-plāt′n-ĭz′əm)
1. A philosophical system developed at Alexandria in the third century ad by Plotinus and his successors. It is based on Platonism with elements of mysticism and some Judaic and Christian concepts and posits a single source from which all existence emanates and with which an individual soul can be mystically united.
2. A revival of Neoplatonism or a system derived from it, as in the Middle Ages.

Ne′o·pla·ton′ic (-plə-tŏn′ĭk) adj.
Ne′o·pla′to·nist n. & adj.
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(ˌniːəʊˈpleɪtəˌnɪzəm) or


(Philosophy) a philosophical system which was first developed in the 3rd century ad as a synthesis of Platonic, Pythagorean, and Aristotelian elements, and which, although originally opposed to Christianity, later incorporated it. It dominated European thought until the 13th century and re-emerged during the Renaissance
Neo-Platonic adj
ˌNeo-ˈPlatonist n, adj
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Neoplatonism, Neo-Platonism

a philosophical system originated in Alexandria in the 3rd century A.D., founded on Platonic doctrine, Aristotelianism, and Oriental mysticism, with later influences from Christianity. — Neoplatonist, n.Neoplatonic, adj.
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The revival of a philosophical system developed in the third century.
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