Definitions: (1) selecting or choosing from various systems or methodologies, not following any one strategy; (2) made up of elements selected from various sources <an eclectic philosophy>; (3) a person of broad tastes and diverse interests

Derivation: Greek, “to pick out,” “to select”

• Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation. — Noam Chomsky (1928-) American linguist
• If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities; and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. — Margaret Mead (1901-1978) American cultural anthropologist

Comment: The broader one’s outlook, , the greater the risk but, excitingly, a much richer reach.