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selecting or choosing from various sources.
made up of what is selected from different sources.
not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
noting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles, the style in each instance often being chosen for its fancied appropriateness to local tradition, local geography, the purpose to be served, or the cultural background of the client.
Also, eclecticist [ih-klek-tuh-sist] . a person who follows an eclectic method, as in philosophy or architecture.

1675–85; < Greek eklektikós selective, equivalent to eklekt(ós) chosen, select (eklég(ein) to pick out + -tos past participle suffix; see ec-) + -ikos -ic

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eclectic (ɪˈklɛktɪk, ɛˈklɛk-)
1.  (in art, philosophy, etc) selecting what seems best from various styles, doctrines, ideas, methods, etc
2.  composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources, styles, etc
3.  a person who favours an eclectic approach, esp in art or philosophy
[C17: from Greek eklektikos, from eklegein to select, from legein to gather]

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Word Origin & History

1680s, from Fr. eclectique, from Gk. eklektikos "selective," lit. "picking out," from eklektos "selected," from eklegein "pick out, select," from ek "out" + legein "gather, choose" (see lecture). Originally a group of ancient philosophers who selected doctrines from every
system; broader sense is first recorded 1814.
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