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tabula rasa Line breaks: tab¦ula rasa
Pronunciation: /ˌtabjʊlə ˈrɑːzə/

Definition of tabula rasa in English:

noun (plural tabulae rasae ˌtabjʊliː ˈrɑːziː)

1An absence of preconceived ideas or predetermined goals; a clean slate: the team did not have complete freedom and a tabula rasa from which to work
1.1The human mind, especially at birth, viewed as having no innate ideas.
Example sentences
  • So, for Locke, the human mind was a tabula rasa, a blank slate upon which experience records itself as human knowledge.
  • Locke believed that we are born without innate knowledge, with an empty mind, a tabula rasa.
  • They championed the opposing view that the developing human brain is a tabula rasa.


Latin, literally 'scraped tablet', denoting a tablet with the writing erased.

Words that rhyme with tabula rasa

parser, plaza
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