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[bahy-uh-graf-i-kuh l] /ˌbaɪ əˈgræf ɪ kəl/
of or relating to a person's life:
He's gathering biographical data for his book on Milton.
pertaining to or containing biography:
a biographical dictionary.
Also, biographic.
Origin of biographical
1730-40; biograph(y) + -ical
Related forms
biographically, adverb
nonbiographical, adjective
nonbiographically, adverb
pseudobiographic, adjective
pseudobiographical, adjective
pseudobiographically, adverb
quasi-biographical, adjective
quasi-biographically, adverb
semibiographic, adjective
semibiographical, adjective
semibiographically, adverb
unbiographical, adjective
unbiographically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for biographical
  • How such transformations happen is a mystery that biographical details alone cannot explain.
  • There's a lot of worthy biographical information in this paper.
  • Click on the reference desk to access census data, almanacs, biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias.
  • The photos, which you can see in this gallery, come with brief biographical sketches of the fridge owners.
  • In between the social and historical dramas are the popular sketch comedy shows and biographical series.
  • To protect the privacy of his subjects, he says, he resorts to pseudonyms and alters biographical details.
  • But even here a simple trivial piece of biographical data can be confused and transmitted in error.
  • Thirteen wry biographical essays about people, once famous, who have disappeared from memory.
  • While on board the plane or ship, you may be asked to fill out a form detailing your biographical and travel information.
  • Given that he paints his own flesh and blood with such stark realism, the biographical airbrushing jars.
Word Origin and History for biographical

1738; see biography + -ical. Related: Biographically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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