Eclectically



[ih-klek-tik] /ɪˈklɛk tɪk/

adjective
1.
selecting or choosing from various sources.
2.
made up of what is selected from different sources.
3.
not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
4.
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.
noun
5.
Also, eclecticist
[ih-klek-tuh-sist] /ɪˈklɛk tə sɪst/ (Show IPA). a person who follows an eclectic method, as in philosophy or architecture.
/ɪˈklɛktɪk; ɛˈklɛk-/
adjective
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
noun
3.
a person who favours an eclectic approach, esp in art or philosophy
adj.

1680s, originally in reference to a group of ancient philosophers who selected doctrines from every system; from French eclectique (1650s), from Greek eklektikos “selective,” literally “picking out,” from eklektos “selected,” from eklegein “pick out, select,” from ek “out” (see ex-) + legein “gather, choose” (see lecture (n.)). Broader sense of “borrowed from diverse sources” is first recorded 1847. As a noun from 1817.

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