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Definition of tabula rasa noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tabula rasa

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌtæbjʊlə ˈrɑːzə//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌtæbjʊlə ˈrɑːzə//
     
    (pl. tabulae rasae
    BrE BrE//ˌtæbjʊliː ˈrɑːziː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌtæbjʊliː ˈrɑːziː//
     
    )
    (from Latin, formal)
     
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  1. 1a situation in which there are no fixed ideas about how something should develop
  2. 2the human mind as it is at birth, with no ideas or thoughts in it
  3. Word OriginLatin, literally ‘scraped tablet’, denoting a tablet with the writing erased.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tabula rasa