of or relating to ontology, the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such; metaphysical: Some of the U.S. founders held an ontological belief in natural rights.
- Sometimes on·to·log·ic, on·tol·o·gis·tic .
- non·on·to·log·i·cal, adjective
- un·on·to·log·i·cal, adjective
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How to use ontological in a sentence
The podcast’s namesake is inspired by the concept of ontological design—which is our capacity to actively play a role in shaping reality, being, and existence itself.Singularity Is Relaunching the ‘Singularity Radio’ Podcast Network | Singularity University | May 17, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Beneath the talk is something more ontological—a picture of the racialized group as fundamentally lesser.Believing in Monsters: David Livingstone Smith on the Subhuman - Facts So Romantic | Eric Schwitzgebel | September 11, 2020 | Nautilus
Corporate personhood is a legal fiction, not an ontological or soteriological fact.Do Corporations Believe in God? The ‘Hobby Lobby’ Case Has the Answer | Jay Michaelson | March 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If the famous ontological argument for the being of God has been refuted, we shall not, on that account, tremble for the ark.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews | Thomas Charles Edwards
In short, the theory shows why logical features have been made into ontological entities and into mental states.Essays in Experimental Logic | John Dewey
The author asks himself what would be the proper method, the ontological or the psychological.Bouvard and Pcuchet | Gustave Flaubert
But this feat is far surpassed by his famous ontological proof of Theism.History of Modern Philosophy | Alfred William Benn
Thus the argument from causation throws us back on the so-called ontological argument, whose futility has already been shown.History of Modern Philosophy | Alfred William Benn