antimetaphysical

metaphysical

[met-uh-fiz-i-kuhl]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics.
2.
Philosophy.
a.
concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth.
b.
concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance.
3.
highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse.
4.
designating or pertaining to the poetry of an early group of 17th-century English poets, notably John Donne, whose characteristic style is highly intellectual and philosophical and features intensive use of ingenious conceits and turns of wit.
5.
Archaic. imaginary or fanciful.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English metaphisicalle < Medieval Latin metaphysicālis. See metaphysic, -al1

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metaphysical (ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  relating to or concerned with metaphysics
2.  (of a statement or theory) having the form of an empirical hypothesis, but in fact immune from empirical testing and therefore (in the view of the logical positivists) literally meaningless
3.  (popularly) abstract, abstruse, or unduly theoretical
4.  incorporeal; supernatural
 
meta'physically
 
adv

Metaphysical (ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  denoting or relating to certain 17th-century poets who combined intense feeling with ingenious thought and often used elaborate imagery and conceits. Notable among them were Donne, Herbert, and Marvell
 
n
2.  a poet of this group

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metaphysical
mid-15c., "pertaining to metaphysics," from metaphysic (late 14c.), from M.L. metaphysica (see metaphysics).
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