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Definition of Ecléctico

Eclectic, which in Spanish translates to Ecléctico, is the one who in his way of thinking or acting adopts an intermediate or undefined position, without opposing any of the possible positions. This adjective is used to qualify that which is linked to eclecticism.

This concept, in turn, refers to the tendency or attitude that implies taking an intermediate position between different ideas or positions.

It should be noted that eclecticism also implies combining elements of different styles


  1. Diverse
  2. Combination of styles
  3. Intermediate
  4. Undefined
  5. Diversified
  6. Multifaceted
  7. Varied
  8. Erudite

ORIGIN OF Ecléctico

It comes from the Greek “ekletikos”, which means “the one who chooses” and is the result of the sum of several components of that language: The prefix “ek-“, which can be translated as “from” or “from outside”. The word “lektos”, which is synonymous with “the chosen”. The suffix “-ikos”, which is used to indicate “relative to”.

In philosophy, eclectics are those who seek conciliation between doctrines of multiple systems, rescuing those that are more plausible or accurate.

Philosophical eclecticism arose in Ancient Greece from the selection of conceptions of various schools, harmonizing them in a coherent manner.

Eclectic thinkers, therefore, were not tied to a paradigm, but resorted to various theories to deepen their understanding or reflection on a given topic. In this framework, they used to synthesize the thoughts of different currents.


The term eclectic or eclecticism appears in the field of art. In this case, eclectic is associated with a concurrence of styles and influences that combine with each other. Eclectic architecture, in this context, reached an important impact between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.