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quasi

[kwey-zahy, -sahy, kwah-see, -zee]
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adjective
  1. resembling; seeming; virtual: a quasi member.
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Origin of quasi

independent use of quasi-
Can be confusedquasi queasy

quasi-

  1. a combining form meaning “resembling,” “having some, but not all of the features of,” used in the formation of compound words: quasi-definition; quasi-monopoly; quasi-official; quasi-scientific.
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Origin of quasi-

< Latin quasi as if, as though, equivalent to qua(m) as + if
Can be confusedpseudo- quasi-
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Related Words for quasi

apparent, apparently, fake, mock, near, nominal, partly, pretended, seeming, sham, so-called, supposedly, synthetic, virtual, would-be, seemingly, pseudo-, semi-

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British Dictionary definitions for quasi

quasi

adverb
  1. as if; as it were
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Word Origin for quasi

from Latin, literally: as if

quasi-

combining form
  1. almost but not really; seeminglya quasi-religious cult
  2. resembling but not actually being; so-calleda quasi-scholar
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Word Origin for quasi-

from L., lit: as if
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Word Origin and History for quasi

adv.

late 15c., Latin, in hypothetical comparisons, "as if, just as if, as though;" in real comparisons "just as, as;" in approximation, "somewhat like, nearly, not far from;" from quam "as" relative pronomial adverb of manner (see who) + si "if," from PIE pronomial stem *swo- "so" (see so).

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quasi-

word-forming element used since 18c. (but most productively in 20c.) and typically meaning "kind of, resembling, like but not really, as if;" from Latin quasi "as if, as it were" (see quasi).

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