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[ fil-uh-sof-i-kuhl ]


  1. of or relating to philosophy:

    philosophical studies.

  2. versed in or occupied with philosophy.
  3. proper to or befitting a philosopher.
  4. rationally or sensibly calm, patient, or composed.
  5. Rare. of or relating to natural philosophy or physical science.


/ ˌfɪləˈsɒfɪkəl /


  1. of or relating to philosophy or philosophers
  2. reasonable, wise, or learned
  3. calm and stoical, esp in the face of difficulties or disappointments
  4. (formerly) of or relating to science or natural philosophy

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Derived Forms

  • ˌphiloˈsophically, adverb
  • ˌphiloˈsophicalness, noun
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Other Words From

  • phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly adverb
  • phil·o·soph·i·cal·ness noun
  • an·ti·phil·o·soph·ic adjective
  • an·ti·phil·o·soph·i·cal adjective
  • an·ti·phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly adverb
  • non·phil·o·soph·ic adjective
  • non·phil·o·soph·i·cal adjective
  • non·phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly adverb
  • pseu·do·phil·o·soph·i·cal adjective
  • qua·si-phil·o·soph·i·cal adjective
  • qua·si-phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly adverb
  • sem·i·phil·o·soph·ic adjective
  • sem·i·phil·o·soph·i·cal adjective
  • sem·i·phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly adverb
  • un·phil·o·soph·ic adjective
  • un·phil·o·soph·i·cal adjective
  • un·phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of philosophical1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English: “learned; pertaining to alchemy,” from Latin philosophic(us) (from Greek philosophikós; philosopher, -ic ) + -al 1
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Example Sentences

Covid-19 has triggered economists to rethink their profession all the way from the philosophical down to the practical.

This is the philosophical quest for the ground of moral truth.

I do a lot of reading on different spiritual and philosophical traditions.

I was waiting for the words to come out of my mouth, elegantly framing something philosophical and profound.

From Fortune

The panelists fielded a range of questions, from the philosophical to the tactical.

From Quartz

Dear Thief is worthy of the abused critical adjectives philosophical, atmospheric, and masterful.

But what about the philosophical beliefs of thousands of incarcerated pregnant women (PDF) across the United States?

There was Radim Palouš, the sonorous philosophical godfather of Kampademia.

It is a brief text with philosophical leanings that revolves around the notions of normality and abnormality in human nature.

It is not hard to see how this debate calls into question deeply personal religious and philosophical beliefs.

Martyrdoms do not occur for ethical generalizations, much less for philosophical affirmations.

It struck me that he was uncommonly philosophical about it, so I merely grunted and went on with my dinner.

It relates to ancient philosophical ideas concerning the spiritual and the material worlds.

This rather is, I should deem, the more perilous, and a plainer and better object for philosophical attack.

He was one of the lords of session in Scotland, and a philosophical writer of considerable learning, but of peculiar notions.





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