- 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
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Contemporary Examples of metaphysically
Reminiscing on life in his hometown, Hemon writes, “physically and metaphysically, I was placed.”Michael Hainey and Aleksandar Hemon’s Chicago Dreams
March 3, 2013
For full access to a genuine voice, Hemingway argues that a writer must depopulate his or her world, physically or metaphysically.Can We Live Together, Roland Barthes?
December 19, 2012
Historical Examples of metaphysically
For no matter where he is in the flesh, we are metaphysically certain of his existence.The Book of Khalid
These points may be metaphysically elucidated by those who list.George Cruikshank
William Makepeace Thackeray
Metaphysically he undressed the general and considered him naked.Local Color
Irvin S. Cobb
Metaphysically speaking, we are spirit, and all else is spirit.The Church of St. Bunco
He was one of those men who from their birth are metaphysically inclined.The "Genius"
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.