- concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth.
- concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance.
Origin of metaphysical
Examples from the Web for metaphysical
He left the U.S., seeking a spiritual and metaphysical connection for his work elsewhere.
I do not say a creation … Any preexistence of the universe has a metaphysical character.Evangelicals Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Big Bang|Karl W. Giberson|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Things get metaphysical in one of the most masterful hours of television since ‘Breaking Bad.’‘True Detective’ Episode 5 Review: ‘The Secret Fate of All Life’ is the Best Episode Yet|Andrew Romano|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So in episode five—not to spoil anything—Cohle gives one of his metaphysical addresses.Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto|Andrew Romano|February 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A chapter on the metaphysical poets is four-fifths Donne to one-fifth Herbert, with Marvell failing to get a look-in.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature|Malcolm Forbes|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Mental science" and metaphysical speculation have had nothing to do with it.The Wonders of Life|Ernst Haeckel
It has feeling; and there is something as divine in feeling, as in the most metaphysical meditation.The Bible: what it is|Charles Bradlaugh
Only the great, the 'metaphysical mystery,' 'the unknowable essence of reality,' continues to chain him.Life and Writings of Maurice Maeterlinck|Jethro Bithell
We submit further that our definition of science should be based on facts, and not framed to suit a metaphysical theory.Evolution|Frank B. Jevons
Having determined the metaphysical point of view, the next question of vital importance is that of its principle.
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Word Origin and History for metaphysical
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.