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noun, plural tabulae rasae
[tab-yuh-lee rah-see, -zee, rey-; Latin tah-boo-lahy rah-sahy] /ˈtæb yəˌli ˈrɑ si, -zi, ˈreɪ-; Latin ˈtɑ bʊˌlaɪ ˈrɑ saɪ/ (Show IPA)
a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.
anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state.
noun (pl) tabulae rasae (ˈtæbjʊliː ˈrɑːsiː)
(esp in the philosophy of Locke) the mind in its uninformed original state
an opportunity for a fresh start; clean slate
tabula rasa [(tab-yuh-luh rah-zuh, rah-suh)]

Something new, fresh, unmarked, or uninfluenced. Tabula rasa is Latin for “blank slate.”

Note: John Locke believed that a child’s mind was a tabula rasa.


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