A system or method in which individual elements are selected or employed from a variety of sources, systems, or styles. Also see gemütlichkeit, multiculturalism, pastiche, and thematic.

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  • eclecticism — noun Date: 1798 the theory or practice of an eclectic method …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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