ontology

[ on-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ɒnˈtɒl ə dʒi /

noun

the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such.
(loosely) metaphysics.

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Origin of ontology

From the New Latin word ontologia, dating back to 1715–25. See onto-, -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM ontology

on·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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British Dictionary definitions for ontology

ontology
/ (ɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

philosophy the branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of being
logic the set of entities presupposed by a theory

Derived forms of ontology

ontological, adjectiveontologically, adverb
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