Definition of Mimamsa in English:


(also Mimansa)

Pronunciation /mɪˈmɑːmsə/ /miːˈmɑːmsɑː/


  • One of the six systems of orthodox Hindu philosophy, which was founded by Jaimini and bases itself on the interpretation of Vedic ritual and text.

    Called more fully the Pūrvamimamsa (‘earlier’ or ‘prior’ Mimamsa). Mimamsa also occurs in the name of a closely-related school, the Uttara, or ‘later, subsequent’ mimamsa, often called Vedānta, which deals with the nature of Brahman.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Asiatick Research. From Sanskrit mīmāṃsā investigation, critical evaluation from man-.