One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That assumes or is based on a single essential element or idea.
2Specifically. Of a system or method of classification, or its categories: based on a single characteristic, or a series of single characteristics.
3Mathematics. Of a group: containing a cyclic subgroup whose closure is the group itself.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From mono- + -thetic.
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