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

Examples from the Web for philosophical

Contemporary Examples of philosophical

Historical Examples of philosophical

  • I am a woman, I. I know nothing of philosophical philanthropy.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Every man has his own fashion of dining, remarked the philosophical American.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • Then Bazouge, as he stumbled about, made a gesture of philosophical disdain.


    Emile Zola

  • The allegory has a political as well as a philosophical meaning.

  • Besides, as Plato would say, there are other corruptions of these philosophical statesmen.

British Dictionary definitions for philosophical




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 philosophical

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

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