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Definition of "monad" [mon•ad]

  • Philosophy An indivisible, impenetrable unit of substance viewed as the basic constituent element of physical reality in the metaphysics of Leibniz. (noun)
  • Biology A single-celled microorganism, especially a flagellate protozoan of the genus Monas. (noun)
  • Chemistry An atom or a radical with valence 1. (noun)

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Use "monad" in a sentence
  • "The term monad is, however, generally understood in reference to the philosophy of"
  • "Since Leibniz 'time the term monad has been used by various philosophers to designate indivisible centres of force, but as a general rule these units are not understood to possess the power of representation or perception, which is the distinguishing characteristic of the Leibnizian monad."
  • "Note 127: "According to Capella," Pérez-Gómez notes, "the monad is all that is good, desirable and essential — a notion that was explicitly introduced into Renaissance theology by Nicholas of Cusa in his influential work De docta ignorantia.""