or phil·o·soph·ic

[fil-uh-sof-i-kuh l or fil-uh-sof-ik]


of or relating to philosophy: philosophical studies.
versed in or occupied with philosophy.
proper to or befitting a philosopher.
rationally or sensibly calm, patient, or composed.
Rare. of or relating to natural philosophy or physical science.

Origin of philosophical

1350–1400; Middle English: learned, pertaining to alchemy < Latin philosophic(us) (< Greek philosophikós; see philosopher, -ic) + -al1
Related formsphil·o·soph·i·cal·ly, adverbphil·o·soph·i·cal·ness, nounan·ti·phil·o·soph·ic, adjectivean·ti·phil·o·soph·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·phil·o·soph·ic, adjectivenon·phil·o·soph·i·cal, adjectivenon·phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·phil·o·soph·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-phil·o·soph·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·phil·o·soph·ic, adjectivesem·i·phil·o·soph·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly, adverbun·phil·o·soph·ic, adjectiveun·phil·o·soph·i·cal, adjectiveun·phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of philosophic

  • Yet, his avocations were not so vain as our philosophic moralizing.

    Old News

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The Major looked at her with his air of philosophic surprise.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • He achieved a staidness, and calmness, and philosophic tolerance.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The intruder accepted the situation with the most philosophic calm.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • The young Comte, now twenty, was enchanted by the philosophic veteran.

British Dictionary definitions for philosophic




of or relating to philosophy or philosophers
reasonable, wise, or learned
calm and stoical, esp in the face of difficulties or disappointments
(formerly) of or relating to science or natural philosophy
Derived Formsphilosophically, adverbphilosophicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for philosophic

late 15c., from Middle French philosophique and directly from Late Latin philosophicus, from Greek philosophikos, from philosophia "philosophy" (see philosophy).



late 14c.; see philosophy + -ical. Related: Philosophically.

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