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ontology

[on-tol-uh-jee] /ɒnˈtɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such.
2.
(loosely) metaphysics.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Neo-Latin ontologia. See onto-, -logy
Related forms
ontological
[on-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
ontologic, ontologistic
[on-tol-uh-jis-tik] /ɒnˌtɒl əˈdʒɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
ontologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ontologists

ontology

/ɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
(philosophy) the branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of being
2.
(logic) the set of entities presupposed by a theory
Derived Forms
ontological, adjective
ontologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ontologists

ontology

n.

"metaphysical science or study of being," 1660s (Gideon Harvey), from Modern Latin ontologia (c.1600), from onto- + -logy.

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