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[uh-fish-uh l] /əˈfɪʃ əl/
a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.
of or relating to an office or position of duty, trust, or authority:
official powers.
authorized or issued authoritatively:
an official report.
holding office.
appointed or authorized to act in a designated capacity:
an official representative.
(of an activity or event) intended for the notice of the public and performed or held on behalf of officials or of an organization; formal:
the official opening of a store.
Pharmacology. noting drugs or drug preparations that are recognized by and that conform to the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary.
Origin of official
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin officiālis of duty, equivalent to Latin offici(um) office + -ālis -al1
Related forms
officially, adverb
nonofficial, adjective
nonofficially, adverb
preofficial, adjective
preofficially, adverb
pseudoofficial, adjective, noun
pseudoofficially, adverb
quasi-official, adjective
quasi-officially, adverb
subofficial, noun, adjective
subofficially, adverb
underofficial, adjective
unofficial, adjective
unofficially, adverb
Can be confused
official, officious. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for quasi-official
Historical Examples
  • Ignoring his quasi-official duty to the greatest of sentimental contraltos, he pushed into the splendid foyer of the Empire.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • The later portions are mostly made up from the official and quasi-official pamphlets.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • The post is considered an honourable one, involving as it does a quasi-official status.

    China and the Chinese Herbert Allen Giles
  • The quasi-official statement relative to the relief of Mafeking was contradicted.

  • In the United States it has earned a quasi-official adoption, but the force of habit among the people has yet to be overcome.

  • Neither can properly claim official recognition, though both have been employed in a quasi-official manner.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
British Dictionary definitions for quasi-official


of or relating to an office, its administration, or its duration
sanctioned by, recognized by, or derived from authority: an official statement
appointed by authority, esp for some special duty
having a formal ceremonial character: an official dinner
a person who holds a position in an organization, government department, etc, esp a subordinate position


of or relating to one of the two factions of the IRA and Sinn Féin, created by a split in 1969. The Official movement subsequently renounced terrorism and entered constitutional politics in the Irish Republic as the Workers' Party (now the Democratic Left)
a member of the Official IRA and Sinn Féin
Compare Provisional
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Word Origin and History for quasi-official



early 14c., from Old French oficial "law officer; bishop's representative" (12c.) and directly from Late Latin officialis "attendant to a magistrate, public official," noun use of officialis (adj.) "of or belonging to duty, service, or office" (see official (adj.)). Meaning "person in charge of some public work or duty" first recorded 1550s.



late 14c., "performing a service; required by duty," from Old French oficial "official; main, principal" (14c., Modern French officiel) or directly from Late Latin officialis "of or belonging to duty, service, or office," from Latin officium (see office). Meaning "pertaining to an office or official position" is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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quasi-official in Medicine

official of·fi·cial (ə-fĭsh'əl)
Authorized by or contained in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary. Used of drugs.

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