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[on-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/
of or relating to ontology, the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such; metaphysical:
Some of the U.S. founders held an ontological belief in natural rights.
Sometimes, ontologic, ontologistic.
Related forms
nonontological, adjective
unontological, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ontological
  • Some of the lists were corny and cerebral, while others sailed in from some ontological outfield.
  • ontological emotion, however stumbled on, has something authoritative for the individual who feels it.
  • The ontological basis of information remains to be fully understood.
  • The second is ontological: how an individual human acquires the power of speech and understanding.
  • The difference between manufacturing and services is not an ontological void between making things and not making things.
  • The epistemic objectivity of method does not preclude ontological subjectivity of subject matter.
  • He showed up the so-called ontological paradoxes as based on faulty reasoning.
  • Rather the social realm has an independent existence in the ontological sense.
  • Reality is an ontological question, the circle than encircles everything.
  • There are also epistemological and ontological issues, and of course the even thornier interface between the two.
Word Origin and History for ontological

1782, from ontology + -ical. Related: Ontologically

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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