from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The mind before it receives the impressions gained from experience.
- n. The unformed, featureless mind in the philosophy of John Locke.
- n. A need or an opportunity to start from the beginning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The idea that the mind comes into this world as a "blank slate".
- n. Anything which exists in a pristine state.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a smoothed tablet; hence, figuratively, the mind in its earliest state, before receiving impressions from without; -- a term used by Hobbes, Locke, and others, in maintaining a theory opposed to the doctrine of innate ideas.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)
- n. an opportunity to start over without prejudice
Medieval Latin tabula rāsa : Latin tabula, tablet + Latin rāsa, feminine of rāsus, erased.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tabula ("tablet") + rāsa, feminine singular of rāsus ("scraped, erased"). (Wiktionary)