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Eclecticism is the theory or practice of an eclectic method, which itself is defined by Merriam-Webster as follows:

1 : selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles
2: composed of elements drawn from various sources
Source: eclectic Merriam-Webster Online

Compare with syncretism, which is "the combination of different forms of belief or practice."

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