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metaphysics

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noun plural but singular in construction meta·phys·ics \-ˈfi-ziks\

Simple Definition of metaphysics

  • : the part of philosophy that is concerned with the basic causes and nature of things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of metaphysics

  1. 1 a (1) :  a division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and being and that includes ontology, cosmology, and often epistemology (2) :  ontology 2 b :  abstract philosophical studies :  a study of what is outside objective experience

  2. 2 :  metaphysic 2

Origin of metaphysics

Medieval Latin Metaphysica, title of Aristotle's treatise on the subject, from Greek (ta) meta (ta) physika, literally, the (works) after the physical (works); from its position in his collected works


First Known Use: 1569



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