AskDefine | Define platonic

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Platonic adj
1 of or relating to or characteristic of Plato or his philosophy; "Platonic dialogues"
2 free from physical desire; "platonic love"

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  1. (usually capitalized) Of or relating to the philosophical views of Plato and his successors.
  2. Not sexual in nature (sense derived through a popular interpretation of the above views)
    They are friends, but the relationship is strictly platonic.


not sexual in nature

Extensive Definition

Plato's influence on Western culture was so profound that several different concepts are linked by being called "platonic" or Platonist, for accepting some assumptions of Platonism, but which do not imply acceptance of that philosophy as a whole.
Platonic can refer to:
platonic in German: Platonisch
platonic in Dutch: Platonisch

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