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philosophical Syllabification: phil·o·soph·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˌfiləˈsäfək(ə)l/
(also philosophicˌfiləˈsäfək(ə)lē)

Definition of philosophical in English:

adjective

1Relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence: philosophical discussions about free will the American Philosophical Society
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  • Many philosophers today deny that philosophical questions about knowledge have any special character.
  • Most read him in terms of the German philosophical tradition or existentialism.
  • Husserl's phenomenology is Derrida's most immediate philosophical heritage.
Synonyms
2Having or showing a calm attitude toward disappointments or difficulties: he was philosophical about losing the contract
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  • His squad is optimistic that things are getting better, or at least philosophical about attitudes taking time to change.
  • Yorkshire coach Wayne Clark is philosophical about the disappointing start and confident that his team will soon turn the corner.
  • He revisits that bitterly disappointing period in his life and is philosophical about what went so wrong.
Synonyms
calm, composed, cool, collected, 'calm, cool, and collected', self-possessed, serene, tranquil, stoical, impassive, dispassionate, phlegmatic, unperturbed, imperturbable, unruffled, patient, forbearing, long-suffering, resigned, rational, realistic

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