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Eleatic

[el-ee-at-ik] /ˌɛl iˈæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Elea.
2.
noting or pertaining to a school of philosophy, founded by Parmenides, that investigated the phenomenal world, especially with reference to the phenomena of change.
noun
3.
a philosopher of the Eleatic school.
Origin of Eleatic
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin Eleāticus < Greek Eleātikós. See Elea, -tic
Related forms
Eleaticism, noun
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  • He will then have the answer to the old Eleatic conundrum of when Achilles will overtake the tortoise.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • The Eleatic philosopher would have replied that Being is alone true.

    Sophist Plato
  • The doctrine of ideas appears in the Parmenides as the positive consequence and progressive development of the Eleatic principle.

  • Under 'Not-being' the Eleatic had included all the realities of the sensible world.

    Sophist Plato
  • The effect of the paradoxes of Zeno extended far beyond the Eleatic circle.

    Sophist Plato
  • Or that he has any Eleatic speculation to oppose to the Heracleiteanism of Cratylus.

    Cratylus Plato
  • They had sprung up in the decline of the Eleatic philosophy and were very familiar to Plato, as we gather from the Parmenides.

    Timaeus Plato
  • These notices of the Eleatic sage, we feel, are not in any sense accidental.

  • The consciousness of them had led the great Eleatic philosopher to describe the nature of God or Being under negatives.

    Timaeus Plato
  • We shall understand this better if we contrast it with the Eleatic principle.

British Dictionary definitions for Eleatic

Eleatic

/ˌɛlɪˈætɪk/
adjective
1.
denoting or relating to a school of philosophy founded in Elea in Greece in the 6th century bc by Xenophanes, Parmenides, and Zeno. It held that one pure immutable Being is the only object of knowledge and that information obtained by the senses is illusory
noun
2.
a follower of this school
Derived Forms
Eleaticism (ˌɛlɪˈætɪˌsɪzəm) noun
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