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Definition of Cartesian

  CARTESIAN   adjective
Relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum -- whereby he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence.  The dictum might be improved, however, thus:  Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum -- 'I think that I think, therefore I think that I am;' as close an approach to certainty as any philosopher has yet made.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
k?:?ti:zj?n adj. & n. --adj. of or relating to R. Descartes, 17th-c. French philosopher and mathematician. --n. a follower of Descartes. °Cartesian coordinates a system for locating a point by reference to its distance from two or three axes intersecting at right angles. °°Cartesianism n. [mod.L Cartesianus f. Cartesius, name of Descartes]

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