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[mon-uh-diz-uh m, moh-nad-iz-uh m] /ˈmɒn əˌdɪz əm, ˈmoʊ nædˌɪz əm/
noun, Philosophy.
the doctrine of monads as ultimate units of being.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the philosophy of Leibniz.
Also, monadology
[mon-uh-dol-uh-jee, moh-na‐] /ˌmɒn əˈdɒl ə dʒi, ˌmoʊ næ‐/ (Show IPA)
Origin of monadism
1870-75; monad + -ism
Related forms
monadistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for monadology
Historical Examples
  • This relation, taking the premises of the monadology, might seem enigmatical.

  • Leibnitz gave a compendious statement of his system in his monadology .

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • In philosophy he followed Reinhard in ethics and the monadology of Leibnitz, though he was also influenced by Kant.

  • monadology, rightly understood, does not oppose the ideas of the Christian religion, as I will demonstrate immediately.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Leibnitz, in his monadology, and more especially his Theodicy, witnessed to his belief in this doctrine.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • It is fairly obvious that the Leibnizian monadology is the necessary outcome of any such philosophy.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
British Dictionary definitions for monadology


/ˈmɒnəˌdɪzəm; ˈməʊ-/
(esp in the writings of Leibnitz) the philosophical doctrine that monads are the ultimate units of reality
Derived Forms
monadistic, adjective
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