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Cartesian

adjective [before noun]     /kɑːˈti.zi.ən/ US  /kɑːrˈti.ʒən/ specialized
of or connected with the ideas and theories of the mathematician René Descartes: Cartesian doubt / dualism Cartesian geometry / coordinates PhilosophyBranches and types of mathematics
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