Alakshana, Alakṣaṇa: 9 definitions


Alakshana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Alakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Alaksana or Alakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—That which is not a proper लक्षण (lakṣaṇa) i. e. Sūtra; a Sūtra which does not teach definitely; a Sūtra which cannot be properly applied being ambiguous in sense. cf व्याख्यानतो विशेषप्रतिपत्तिर्नहि संदह्यादलक्षणम् (vyākhyānato viśeṣapratipattirnahi saṃdahyādalakṣaṇam) Par. Śek. Pari. I.

context information

Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण) or alakṣaṇaśūnyatā refers to “unmarked emptiness” one of the “twenty emptinesses” (śūnyatā) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 41). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., alakṣaṇa). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—a S See the commoner word avalakṣaṇa.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—a.

1) Having no signs or marks.

2) Having no characteristics or distinguishing marks, undefined, undistinguished; आसीदिदं तमोभूतमप्रज्ञातमलक्षणम् (āsīdidaṃ tamobhūtamaprajñātamalakṣaṇam) Ms.1.5.

3) Having no good marks, inauspicious, unfortunate, ill-omened; क्लेशावहा भर्तुरलक्षणाहम् (kleśāvahā bharturalakṣaṇāham) R.14.5.

4) Incomprehensible; सैषा विष्णोर्महामायाऽबाधयाऽलक्षणा यया (saiṣā viṣṇormahāmāyā'bādhayā'lakṣaṇā yayā) Bhāg. 12.6.29.

-ṇam 1 A bad or inauspicious sign; आचारो हन्त्यलक्षणम् (ācāro hantyalakṣaṇam) Ms.4.156.

2) That which is no definition, a bad definition.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—adj., without characteristic mark (so Sanskrit); epithet of dharma, undefinable, absolute: Mahāvyutpatti 353.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—mfn.

(-ṇaḥ-ṇā-ṇaṃ) 1. Unfortunate, ill fated, having no good marks on the person. 2. Undefined. n.

(-ṇaṃ) 1. The absence of auspicious marks. 2. Misfortune. 3. The want of any predicate or definition. E. a priv. and lakṣaṇa a mark.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—I. n. a mark of ill fortune, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 156. Ii. adj., f. ṇā, 1. without distinguishing marks, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 1, 5. 2. inauspicious, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 14, 5. Ajahallakṣaṇā, i. e.

Alakṣaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and lakṣaṇa (लक्षण).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—1. [neuter] inauspicious mark.

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Alakṣaṇa (अलक्षण).—2. [adjective] unmarked, inauspicious.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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