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.

Origin of quasi-

< Latin quasi as if, as though, equivalent to qua(m) as + if
Can be confusedpseudo- quasi-
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-


combining form

almost but not really; seeminglya quasi-religious cult
resembling but not actually being; so-calleda quasi-scholar

Word Origin for quasi-

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