And I hope circumstances let him be a metaphysical again someday soon.
It hinges on the assumption that the Vatican or its metaphysical emanation, the Holy See, is a state.
The green line has no metaphysical status; Israel has legally defined borders only insofar as we make hard distinctions.
early 15c., "pertaining to metaphysics," from methaphesik (late 14c.) + -al, and in part from Medieval Latin metaphysicalis, from Medieval Latin metaphysica (see metaphysics). It came to be used in the sense of "abstract, speculative" (e.g. by Johnson, who applied it to certain 17c. poets, notably Donne and Cowley, who used "witty conceits" and abstruse imagery). Related: Metaphysically.