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[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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Examples from the web for philosophical
  • The deities who reside in the palace embody philosophical views and serve as role models.
  • We need a new system of moral and philosophical thought.
  • We always look at it from a respectful point of view and also from our core philosophical point of view.
  • I'm not sure it can be answered by science, but I do not wish to stray into spiritual or philosophical matters.
  • He's philosophical about the experience, expressing the spirit of the sanctuary.
  • By the way, the heart of the dispute here is philosophical.
  • Perhaps you had to be there, or at least know a fair bit of philosophical gossip.
  • It's at turns wistful and funny, violent and philosophical, mystical and sad.
  • Professor Ginsberg's approach is historical, philosophical and concrete.
  • It comes down to a philosophical question.
British Dictionary definitions for philosophical


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 philosophical

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

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