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[fil-uh-sof-i-kuh l] /ˌfɪl əˈsɒf ɪ kəl/
of or pertaining 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 pertaining to natural philosophy or physical science.
Also, philosophic.
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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Examples for philosophic
  • Historically, architecture has been slow to reflect the constant philosophic and technological changes within a society.
  • Mixed in are some more philosophic discussions about sustainability.
  • But this presumes a level of philosophic and scientific achievement that humanity had not yet gained.
  • It is time for a new philosophic paradigm that accounts for gaming the system by nations that take advantage of sucker nations.
  • But for him they all suffer from the same philosophic weakness.
  • We rejected tradition, inherited values and philosophic perspectives on life.
  • The philosophic determinism, however shallow, served a psychic purpose.
  • None of the other debates had been models of philosophic rigor.
  • philosophic understandings of the nature of consciousness are irrelevant here, unless they color someones interpretation of data.
  • He is following prejudices, or indulging in philosophic speculations, or listening to plausible sophistries.
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
early 16c. from philosophy.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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