Being married to an artist I always thought that this word had artistic leanings, but after reading about it, it doesn't have to. It means from different sources. Selecting the best of all that is around you and using it. Karin and I have always had an eclectic leading toward our decoration of our house and our over all world view. Some of that is out of necessity. When you are doing community development work you have to decorate with what you have. We are eclectic people, which makes us very difficult to figure out.