Definition of philosophical in English:


Syllabification: phil·o·soph·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˌfiləˈsäfək(ə)l


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.
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.
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



Pronunciation: /-ˈsäfik/
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  • The issue here is related to the centrality of the Jewish writer within the diaspora to the European traditions of philosophic embodiment of ideas in creative literary forms.
  • Because she identified the philosophic principles that underlay the politics of her day, Ayn Rand's analysis is as pertinent today as it was then.
  • Even modern science is based upon philosophic presuppositions which can not be verified - so say most philosophers.


Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • Most of the work that I do in the field of IQ is to seek out what the term means philosophically, practically and culturally.
  • I don't have time to give considered responses to a lot of philosophically challenging questions.
  • He has also seemed to have just moved to the right philosophically, but he continues to be listed at least as a Democrat.

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