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

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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