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philosophical

adjective phil·o·soph·i·cal \ˌfi-lə-ˈsä-fi-kəl also -ˈzä-\

: of, relating to, or based on philosophy

: having a calm attitude toward a difficult or unpleasant situation

Full Definition of PHILOSOPHICAL

1
a :  of or relating to philosophers or philosophy
b :  based on philosophy
2
:  characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; specifically :  calm or unflinching in the face of trouble, defeat, or loss
phil·o·soph·i·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of PHILOSOPHICAL

phil·o·soph·i·cal also phil·o·soph·ic \-fik\

Examples of PHILOSOPHICAL

  1. They got into a philosophical debate about what it means for something to be natural.
  2. He's trying to be philosophical about their decision since he knows he can't change it.

First Known Use of PHILOSOPHICAL

14th century

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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