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metaphysical

[met-uh-fiz-i-kuh l] /ˌmɛt əˈfɪz ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics.
2.
Philosophy.
  1. concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth.
  2. concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance.
3.
highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse.
4.
designating or pertaining to the poetry of an early group of 17th-century English poets, notably John Donne, whose characteristic style is highly intellectual and philosophical and features intensive use of ingenious conceits and turns of wit.
5.
Archaic. imaginary or fanciful.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English metaphisicalle < Medieval Latin metaphysicālis. See metaphysic, -al1
Related forms
metaphysically, adverb
antimetaphysical, adjective
antimetaphysically, adverb
hypermetaphysical, adjective
nonmetaphysical, adjective
nonmetaphysically, adverb
quasi-metaphysical, adjective
quasi-metaphysically, adverb
unmetaphysical, adjective
unmetaphysically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quasimetaphysical

metaphysical

/ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl/
adjective
1.
relating to or concerned with metaphysics
2.
(of a statement or theory) having the form of an empirical hypothesis, but in fact immune from empirical testing and therefore (in the view of the logical positivists) literally meaningless
3.
(popularly) abstract, abstruse, or unduly theoretical
4.
incorporeal; supernatural
Derived Forms
metaphysically, adverb

Metaphysical

/ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl/
adjective
1.
denoting or relating to certain 17th-century poets who combined intense feeling with ingenious thought and often used elaborate imagery and conceits. Notable among them were Donne, Herbert, and Marvell
noun
2.
a poet of this group
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Word Origin and History for quasimetaphysical

metaphysical

adj.

early 15c., "pertaining to metaphysics," from methaphesik (late 14c.) + -al, and in part from Medieval Latin metaphysicalis, from Medieval Latin metaphysica (see metaphysics). It came to be used in the sense of "abstract, speculative" (e.g. by Johnson, who applied it to certain 17c. poets, notably Donne and Cowley, who used "witty conceits" and abstruse imagery). Related: Metaphysically.

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