tabula rasa

tabula rasa

[tab-yuh-luh rah-suh, -zuh, rey-; Latin tah-boo-lah rah-sah]
noun, plural tabulae rasae [tab-yuh-lee rah-see, -zee, rey-; Latin tah-boo-lahy rah-sahy] .
a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.
anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state.

1525–35; < Latin tabula rāsa scraped tablet, clean slate Unabridged
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tabula rasa (ˈtæbjʊlə ˈrɑːsə)
n , pl tabulae rasae
1.  (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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tabula rasa
1535, "the mind in its primary state," from L., lit. "scraped tablet," from which writing has been erased, thus ready to be written on again, from tabula (see table) + rasa, fem. pp. of radere "to scrape away, erase" (see raze). A loan-translation
of Aristotle's pinakis agraphos, lit. "unwritten tablet" ("De anima," 7.22).
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Cultural Dictionary
tabula rasa [(tab-yuh-luh rah-zuh, rah-suh)]

Something new, fresh, unmarked, or uninfluenced. Tabula rasa is Latin for “blank slate.”

Note: John Locke believed that a child's mind was a tabula rasa.
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tabula rasa

(Latin: "scraped tablet," i.e., "clean slate"), in epistemology (theory of knowledge) and psychology, a supposed condition that empiricists attribute to the human mind before ideas have been imprinted on it by the reaction of the senses to the external world of objects.

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