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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.
Also, philosophic.
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 philosophically
  • It is therefore not only a poetical license, but also philosophically correct, when beauty is named our second creator.
  • He considers himself spiritual and, his new biotech business notwithstanding, philosophically opposed to vivisection.
  • Kaplan smiled philosophically, took his handkerchief from his pock- et, and wiped considerable perspiration.
  • Trees are attractive objects in that they enable people to think philosophically and appreciate aesthetically.
  • It can be a smart loss mitigation strategy, even if philosophically repugnant.
  • philosophically, it is incoherent, fundamentally incoherent.
  • His books are so philosophically sophisticated, and so funny.
  • Lasting global peace is achieved within a single year by common mission and no longer merely observed philosophically.
  • philosophically, the concept of quantum entanglement might seem to be applicable in explaining remote information sharing.
  • It is an intellectual's fantasy, a flight purely of the imagination, one philosophically as old as the hills.
British Dictionary definitions for philosophically


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 philosophically



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

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