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or philosophic

[fil-uh-sof-i-kuh l] /ˌfɪl əˈsɒf ɪ kəl/
of or relating to philosophy:
philosophical studies.
versed in or occupied with philosophy.
proper to or befitting a philosopher.
rationally or sensibly calm, patient, or composed.
Rare. of or relating to natural philosophy or physical science.
Origin of philosophical
1350-1400; Middle English: learned, pertaining to alchemy < Latin philosophic(us) (< Greek philosophikós; see philosopher, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
philosophically, adverb
philosophicalness, noun
antiphilosophic, adjective
antiphilosophical, adjective
antiphilosophically, adverb
nonphilosophic, adjective
nonphilosophical, adjective
nonphilosophically, adverb
pseudophilosophical, adjective
quasi-philosophical, adjective
quasi-philosophically, adverb
semiphilosophic, adjective
semiphilosophical, adjective
semiphilosophically, adverb
unphilosophic, adjective
unphilosophical, adjective
unphilosophically, adverb Unabridged
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  • To Miss Grantham's detached and philosophic mind this conclusion, when she reflected on it, seemed extremely sound.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • The Major looked at her with his air of philosophic surprise.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Mrs. Hall very rightly remarked that Miss Edgeworth's affection for Ireland was "philosophic."

    Maria Edgeworth Helen Zimmern
  • He achieved a staidness, and calmness, and philosophic tolerance.

    White Fang Jack London
  • philosophic heads must occupy themselves one day with the collective account of antiquity and make up its balance-sheet.

    We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18) Friedrich Nietzsche
  • That his love of country should express itself in philosophic altruism?

  • The account is finely sympathetic, but there is an unmistakable note of philosophic detachment.

  • But she was of a philosophic temperament, and in a moment had rebuked her own folly.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
British Dictionary definitions for philosophic


of or relating to philosophy or philosophers
reasonable, wise, or learned
calm and stoical, esp in the face of difficulties or disappointments
(formerly) of or relating to science or natural philosophy
Derived Forms
philosophically, adverb
philosophicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for philosophic

late 15c., from Middle French philosophique and directly from Late Latin philosophicus, from Greek philosophikos, from philosophia "philosophy" (see philosophy).



late 14c.; see philosophy + -ical. Related: Philosophically.

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