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Literally, a group of one, but more usually denoting a fundamental or indivisible metaphysical unit. According to the German rationalist philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646–1716), it is an elementary indestructible element, not belonging to ordinary space, of which reality is composed. See also entelechy. monadic adj. Of or relating to monads, or (in logic and mathematics) having only one term. [From Greek monas, monados a unit, from monos alone]

Subjects: Psychology — Philosophy.


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