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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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 philosophically



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

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