or phil·o·soph·ic

[ fil-uh-sof-i-kuh l or fil-uh-sof-ik ]
/ ˌfɪl əˈsɒf ɪ kəl or ˌfɪl əˈsɒf ɪk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. philosopher's stone,
  2. philosopher-king,
  3. philosophers' stone,
  4. philosophes,
  5. philosophic,
  6. philosophical analysis,
  7. philosophical anthropology,
  8. philosophical logic,
  9. philosophism,
  10. philosophize

Origin of philosophical

1350–1400; Middle English: learned, pertaining to alchemy < Latin philosophic(us) (< Greek philosophikós; see philosopher, -ic) + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for philosophic



/ (ˌfɪləˈsɒfɪkəl) /


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
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