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metaphysic

[met-uh-fiz-ik]
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noun
  1. metaphysics.
adjective
  1. metaphysical.

Origin of metaphysic

1350–1400; Middle English metaphisik < Medieval Latin metaphysica (neuter plural); see metaphysics
Related formsun·met·a·phys·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for metaphysic

Historical Examples

  • This, in the language of Kant, is the sphere of the metaphysic of ethics.

    Philebus

    Plato

  • Are we to equip them with a metaphysic, or exclude them from the portals of art?

    Personality in Literature

    Rolfe Arnold Scott-James

  • And why does metaphysic make no attempt to dissect this fact?

  • But the failure of psychology opens up the way to metaphysic.

    James Frederick Ferrier

    Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane

  • He might say with Prosper Mrime, "Metaphysic pleases me because it is never-ending."

    Egoists

    James Huneker


British Dictionary definitions for metaphysic

metaphysic

noun
  1. the system of first principles and assumptions underlying an enquiry or philosophical theory
  2. an obsolete word for metaphysician
adjective
  1. rare another word for metaphysical
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for metaphysic

n.

late 14c., from Medieval Latin metaphysica (see metaphysics). The usual form of metaphysics until 16c.; somewhat revived 19c. under German influence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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