from The Century Dictionary.

  • Taken from the original; imitated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Copied, reproduced as a molding or cast, in contradistinction from the original model.

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  • adjective Copied, as contrasted with an archetypal original. Has a specialised sense when used by the philosopher George Berkeley.


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  • Do I not acknowledge a twofold state of things — the one ectypal or natural, the other archetypal and eternal?

    Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous 2005

  • Presently, his eye rested on her finger-ring, a cameo with what looked like an ectypal miniature of the

    The Loyalist A Story of the American Revolution James Francis Barrett 1911

  • Do I not acknowledge a twofold state of things—the one ectypal or natural, the other archetypal and eternal?

    The Third Dialogue 1909

  • We might call the former the archetypal world (natura archetypa), which we only know in the reason; and the latter the ectypal world (natura ectypa), because it contains the possible effect of the idea of the former which is the determining principle of the will.

    The Critique of Practical Reason Immanuel Kant 1764

  • Setting aside the exaggerations of expression in the writings of this philosopher, the mental power exhibited in this ascent from the ectypal mode of regarding the physical world to the architectonic connection thereof according to ends, that is, ideas, is an effort which deserves imitation and claims respect.

    The Critique of Pure Reason Immanuel Kant 1764

  • In all instances which we have ever seen, ideas are copied from real objects, and are ectypal, not archetypal, to express myself in learned terms: You reverse this order, and give thought the precedence.

    Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion David Hume 1743

  • Do I not acknowledge a twofold state of things -- the one ectypal or natural, the other archetypal and eternal?

    Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous George Berkeley 1719

  • A significant example of this process was Franciscus Junius's development of Luther's distinction between the theology of glory and the theology of the cross and Calvin's distinction between the Creator and the creature into the distinction between archetypal and ectypal theology. 6 In the high orthodox phase, Reformed theology developed its definitive responses to the Roman Catholic counter-reformation, Arminianism, and faced the internal crisis created by the Amyraldian movement.

    Green Baggins 2008

  • These primitive intuitions -- the simple perceptions of sense, and the _à priori_ intuitions of the reason, which constitute the elements of all our complex notions, have essentially _diverse objects_ -- the sensible or ectypal world, seen by the eye and touched by the hand, which Plato calls δοξαστήν -- _the subject of opinion_; and the noetic or archetypal world, perceived by reason, and which he calls διανοητικήν -- _the subject of rational intuition or science_.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy or, the relation between spontaneous and reflective thought in Greece and the positive teaching of Christ and His Apostles 1852


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