quasi

[ kwey-zahy, -sahy, kwah-see, -zee ]
/ ˈkweɪ zaɪ, -saɪ, ˈkwɑ si, -zi /

adjective

resembling; seeming; virtual: a quasi member.

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Origin of quasi

independent use of quasi-

Definition for quasi (2 of 2)

quasi-

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH quasi-

pseudo-, quasi- .
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi (1 of 2)

quasi
/ (ˈkweɪzaɪ, -saɪ, ˈkwɑːzɪ) /

adverb

as if; as it were

Word Origin for quasi

from Latin, literally: as if

British Dictionary definitions for quasi (2 of 2)

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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