Meaning of eclecticism

ec•lec•ti•cism

Pronunciation: (i-klek'tu-siz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the use or advocacy of an eclectic method.
  2. a tendency in architecture and the decorative arts to mix various historical styles with modern elements with the aim of combining the virtues of many styles or increasing allusive content.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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