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philosophical Line breaks: philo|soph¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /fɪləˈsɒfɪk(ə)l/

Definition of philosophical in English:


1Relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence: philosophical discussions about free will the Cambridge 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.
theoretical, analytical, rational, metaphysical, logical, reasoned, esoteric, scholarly, erudite
2Having or showing a calm attitude towards 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, {cool, calm, and collected}, self-possessed, serene, tranquil, placid, stoical, impassive, sober, dispassionate, detached, unemotional, phlegmatic, unperturbed, imperturbable, equable, unruffled, patient, forbearing, long-suffering, tolerant, accommodating, indulgent, easy-going, even-tempered, restrained, fatalistic, unexcitable, resigned, rational, logical, realistic, practical
informal unflappable



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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: /fɪləˈsɒfɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • 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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