Plato's influence on Western culture was so profound that several different concepts are linked by being called "platonic" or Platonist, for accepting some assumptions of Platonism, but which do not imply acceptance of that philosophy as a whole.

Platonic can refer to:

* Platonic love, a relationship that is not sexual in nature
* Platonic idealism
*In civics or politics, a Platonist is someone who advocates a system resembling Plato's Republic
*Neoclassical economics is sometimes described as Platonist
* Platonic solid, any of the five convex regular polyhedra

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