[kwey-zahy, -sahy, kwah-see, -zee]
resembling; seeming; virtual: a quasi member.

independent use of quasi-

quasi, queasy.
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a combining form meaning “resembling,” “having some, but not all of the features of,” used in the formation of compound words: quasi-definition; quasi-monopoly; quasi-official; quasi-scientific.

< Latin quasi as if, as though, equivalent to qua(m) as + if

pseudo-, quasi-.
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quasi (ˈkweɪzaɪ, -saɪ, ˈkwɑːzɪ)
as if; as it were
[from Latin, literally: as if]

combining form
1.  almost but not really; seemingly: a quasi-religious cult
2.  resembling but not actually being; so-called: a quasi-scholar
[from L., lit: as if]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from L., "as if," from quam "as much as" + si "if."
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Example sentences
Like all their books, it's great fun if you like lurid quasi-supernatural thrillers.
Scientists dismiss that as a quasi-religious argument.
They have been frequently described as exercising quasi-judicial, quasi-executive and quasi-legislative functions.
But to bring captured prey to its mouth, the octopus turns the arm into a semi-rigid structure that bends to form quasi joints.
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