Definition of monothetic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)ˈθɛtɪk/


  • 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.