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philosophical

[ fil-uh-sof-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌfɪl əˈsɒf ɪ kəl /
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adjective
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.
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Also phil·o·soph·ic [fil-uh-sof-ik] /ˌfɪl əˈsɒf ɪk/ .

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 philosophical

philosophical

philosophic

/ (ˌfɪləˈsɒfɪkəl) /

adjective
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 forms of philosophical

philosophically, adverbphilosophicalness, noun
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