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tabula rasa

[tab-yuh-luh rah-suh, -zuh, rey-; Latin tah-boo-lah rah-sah] /ˈtæb yə lə ˈrɑ sə, -zə, ˈreɪ-; Latin ˈtɑ bʊˌlɑ ˈrɑ sɑ/
noun, plural tabulae rasae
[tab-yuh-lee rah-see, -zee, rey-; Latin tah-boo-lahy rah-sahy] /ˈtæb yəˌli ˈrɑ si, -zi, ˈreɪ-; Latin ˈtɑ bʊˌlaɪ ˈrɑ saɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.
2.
anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin tabula rāsa scraped tablet, clean slate
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tabula rasa

/ˈtæbjʊlə ˈrɑːsə/
noun (pl) tabulae rasae (ˈtæbjʊliː ˈrɑːsiː)
1.
(esp in the philosophy of Locke) the mind in its uninformed original state
2.
an opportunity for a fresh start; clean slate
Word Origin
Latin: a scraped tablet (one from which the writing has been erased)
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Word Origin and History for tabula-rasa

tabula rasa

n.

1530s, "the mind in its primary state," from Latin tabula rasa, literally "scraped tablet," from which writing has been erased, thus ready to be written on again, from tabula (see table) + rasa, fem. past participle of radere "to scrape away, erase" (see raze). A loan-translation of Aristotle's pinakis agraphos, literally "unwritten tablet" ("De anima," 7.22).

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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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