• WordNet 3.6
    • adj eclectic selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
    • n eclectic someone who selects according to the eclectic method
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eclectic Consisting, or made up, of what is chosen or selected; as, an eclectic method; an eclectic magazine.
    • n Eclectic One who follows an eclectic method.
    • Eclectic Selecting; choosing (what is true or excellent in doctrines, opinions, etc.) from various sources or systems; as, an eclectic philosopher.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • eclectic Selecting; choosing; not confined to or following any one model or system, but selecting and appropriating whatever is considered best in all.
    • eclectic A practitioner of the American school of eclectic medicine.
    • n eclectic One who, in whatever department of knowledge, not being convinced of the fundamental principles of any existing system, culls from the teachings of different schools such doctrines as seem to him probably true, conformable to good sense, wholesome in practice, or recommended by other secondary considerations; one who holds that opposing schools are right in their distinctive doctrines, wrong only in their opposition to one another. In philosophy the chief groups of eclectics have been— those ancient writers, from the first century before Christ, who, like Cicero, influenced by Platonic skepticism, held a composite doctrine of ethics, logic, etc., aggregated of Platonist, Peripatetic, Stoic, and even Epicurean elements; writers in the seventeenth century who, like Leibnitz, mingled Aristotelian and Cartesian principles; writers in the eighteenth century who adopted in part the views of Leibnitz, in part those of Locke; Schelling and others, who held beliefs derived from various idealistic, pantheistic, and mystical philosophers; the school of Cousin, who took a mean position between a philosophy of experience and one of absolute reason.
    • n eclectic Specifically— A follower of the ancient eclectic philosophy.
    • n eclectic In the early church, a Christian who believed the doctrine of Plato to be conformable to the spirit of the gospel.
    • n eclectic In medicine, a practitioner of eclectic medicine, either ancient or modern; an eclectic physician.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Eclectic ek-lek′tik selecting or borrowing: choosing the best out of everything: broad, the opposite of exclusive
    • n Eclectic one who selects opinions from different systems, esp. in philosophy
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  • Holly Hunter
    Holly Hunter
    “I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to pick out, choose out: cf. F. éclectique,. See Eclogue, and cf. Elect


In literature:

The school of Cousin has been named eclectic; it should rather be named spiritualist.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
The next painter of importance in the Eclectic school was GUIDO RENI (1575-1642), born at Bologna, and the son of a professor of music.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture" by Clara Erskine Clement
Coleridge was an omnivorous general reader: Rossetti was eclectic rather than desultory.
"Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1883" by T. Hall Caine
Interests appear eclectically to range from ice to coral.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
Eclectic Review, specimen of composition, 493.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
Spring catalogue and price list of the Eclectic Small Fruit Nursery.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
He drove through the beautiful avenues of Rosedale, and through the not so beautiful but more eclectic area of The Hill.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Then come arguments and questions scattered through the Stoic and eclectic literature.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
Education had become eclectic: the Roman legions levelled the national distinctions.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
ECLECTIC School of Art founded by the Caracci, ii.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli

In news:

It's an eclectic list, which is exactly what we'd expect from one of the music industry's most sought-after songwriters and producers.
The Ting Tings ' sophomore album will be an eclectic, genre-spanning affair that shuns big name collaborations in favor of the band's trademark DIY sound, the UK group tells
The original 'meester' street performers have turned 3 Leg Torso into a world class eclectic band.
Radio Heartland has been rolling along with its eclectic, acoustic mix of listener friendly music for 17 months and 22 days now.
Bow & Truss restaurant adds to North Hollywood's eclectic mix.
Of all the players on the Trail Blazers, nobody is more eclectic than reserve forward Channing Frye.
KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is Southern California's leading National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate, featuring an eclectic mix of music.
We feature a live set on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
The lamb kefta meatballs with orange and crushed pistachio, is just one of the many eclectic dishes you will find at Viceroy 's Whist.
Disco Volante 's eclectic bar scene offers really great food.
The ladies who make up LA's Warpaint have been getting a lot of attention and rave reviews for their music KCRW DJ's have been on the frontlines sharing those songs, and we can't wait to hear them live on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Local band The Ohms' fest near Oxford showcases eclectic lineup of artists from Ohio and beyond.
The eclectic 2006-07 season made for heady competition.
Walk or drive by our building at 1415 W Genesee St, and prepare to feast your eyes on an eclectic collection of student artwork.
Hour by Hour, Celebrating an Eclectic Festival.

In science:

Baker J et al. 2000 “Gravitational waves from black hole collisions via an eclectic approach” Class.
Close encounters of black holes
Vol. 390, Pathways Through an Eclectic Universe, Astron.
A new, precise measurement of the primordial abundance of Deuterium
Fallback foods, eclectic omnivores, and the packaging problem.
Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: a model of consilience
The usual way of describing a string background as some construction on top of a conformal field theory involving the Virasoro operators, the antighost fields and the BRST operator appears too eclectic to be seriously accepted by the general mathematical public.
Topological field theories, string backgrounds and homotopy algebras
During our learning period in which Leon has played an instrumental role, the more we read on seismology and earthquake modeling, the more we found that Leon has contributed significantly in essentially all the important problems, as reflected in the eclectic contributions to this special volume.
The critical earthquake concept applied to mine rockbursts with time-to-failure analysis