tabula rasa

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tab·u·la ra·sa

 (tăb′yə-lə rä′sə, -zə)
n. pl. tab·u·lae ra·sae (tăb′yə-lē′ rä′sē, -zē)
a. The mind before it receives the impressions gained from experience.
b. The unformed, featureless mind in the philosophy of John Locke.
2. A need or an opportunity to start from the beginning.

[Medieval Latin tabula rāsa : Latin tabula, tablet + Latin rāsa, feminine of rāsus, erased.]
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tabula rasa

(ˈtæbjʊlə ˈrɑːsə)
n, pl tabulae rasae (ˈtæbjʊliː ˈrɑːsiː)
1. (Philosophy) (esp in the philosophy of Locke) the mind in its uninformed original state
2. an opportunity for a fresh start; clean slate
[Latin: a scraped tablet (one from which the writing has been erased)]
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ta•bu•la ra•sa

(ˈtæb yə lə ˈrɑ sə, -zə)

n., pl. ta•bu•lae ra•sae (ˈtæb yəˌli ˈrɑ si, -zi)
1. a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.
2. anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state.
[1525–35; < Latin: scraped tablet, clean slate]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tabula rasa - a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)
mind, psyche, nous, brain, head - that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; "his mind wandered"; "I couldn't get his words out of my head"
2.tabula rasa - an opportunity to start over without prejudice
chance, opportunity - a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"
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