Pronunciation: (skē'mu), [key]
—pl. sche•ma•taPronunciation: (skē'mu-tu or, sometimes, skē-mä'tu, ski-), [key] sche•mas.
1. a diagram, plan, or scheme.
2. an underlying organizational pattern or structure; conceptual framework.
3. (in Kantian epistemology) a concept, similar to a universal but limited to phenomenal knowledge, by which an object of knowledge or an idea of pure reason may be apprehended.
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