Definition of eidetic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈdɛtɪk/


Relating to or denoting mental images having unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible: an eidetic memory
More example sentences
  • Many of those exceptional individuals who retained the ‘photographic’ or eidetic memory that is common in children but rare in adults, have had their lives blighted by their inability to forget unimportant details.
  • Although in traditional practices of visualization, eidetic images of a divinity or his paradisal dwelling were constructed in the mind, these visions were not visible to the eyes.
  • According to your file, you have an eidetic memory, remembering anything and everything you're exposed to.



Example sentences
  • Eidetically remembering every word is not the goal of speed-reading comprehension.
  • Many, if not all, young children apparently do normally see and remember eidetically, but this capacity is lost to most as they grow up.
  • Remember every feature of her sleeping eyes, sleeping lips, sleeping nose-eidetically, like a handprint in cement.


1920s: coined in German from Greek eidētikos, from eidos 'form'.

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