What does the word eclecticism mean?

Usage examples for eclecticism

  1. It constitutes a work of laborious but of average ability, and descends to a lower technical state of imaginative eclecticism and expression than I had indeed expected to encounter in so lavishly- applauded a work. – Original Letters and Biographic Epitomes by J. Atwood.Slater
  2. But his looseness of thought, wayward eclecticism of system, and want of accurate learning, were not remedied by Kingsley's splendid pictorial faculty, his creative imagination, or his brilliant style. – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury
  3. There we have the typical Greek attitude, the genial, cultivated eclecticism that appreciated the fitness of even the most alien forms of art. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
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