Origin of ontology

From the New Latin word ontologia, dating back to 1715–25. See onto-, -logy
Related formson·to·log·i·cal [on-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, on·to·log·ic, on·tol·o·gis·tic [on-tol-uh-jis-tik] /ɒnˌtɒl əˈdʒɪs tɪk/, adjectiveon·tol·o·gist, noun
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  • Associated words: ontology, metaphysics, ontological, ontologist.

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British Dictionary definitions for ontologist


  1. philosophy the branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of being
  2. logic the set of entities presupposed by a theory
Derived Formsontological, adjectiveontologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ontologist



"metaphysical science or study of being," 1660s (Gideon Harvey), from Modern Latin ontologia (c.1600), from onto- + -logy.

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