the use or advocacy of an eclectic method.
a tendency in architecture and the decorative arts to mix various historical styles with modern elements with the aim of combining the virtues of many styles or increasing allusive content.

1825–35; eclectic + -ism Unabridged
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eclecticism (ɪˈklɛktɪˌsɪzəm, ɛˈklɛk-)
1.  an eclectic system or method
2.  the use or advocacy of such a system

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1798, from eclectic + -ism.
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(from Greek eklektikos, "selective"), in philosophy and theology, the practice of selecting doctrines from different systems of thought without adopting the whole parent system for each doctrine. It is distinct from syncretism-the attempt to reconcile or combine systems-inasmuch as it leaves the contradictions between them unresolved. In the sphere of abstract thought, eclecticism is open to the objection that insofar as each system is supposed to be a whole of which its various doctrines are integral parts, the arbitrary juxtaposition of doctrines from different systems risks a fundamental incoherence. In practical affairs, however, the eclectic spirit has much to commend it.

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Example sentences
Decorations show the eclecticism of the global market.
The style is recognizable for its heavy ornamentation, energetic use of lines,
  and eclecticism.
Down-at-heel eclecticism and super-chic wealth continue to survive
  side-by-side, only adding to the area's charm.
Miller's success in the general pop field and his eclecticism are appropriate
  to the times, of course.
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