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quasi

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adjective qua·si \ˈkwā-ˌzī, -ˌsī; ˈkwä-zē, -sē\

Definition of quasi

  1. 1 :  having some resemblance usually by possession of certain attributes <a quasi corporation>

  2. 2 :  having a legal status only by operation or construction of law and without reference to intent <a quasi contract>



Examples of quasi

  1. And as more people adopt these teachings as quasi religions, some adherents say their belief systems are no less valid than those based on that older collection of maxims, the Ten Commandments. —Daniel McGinn, Newsweek, 10 Jan. 2000

  2. But also, bachelors, more than married people, blended the two spheres by making their public, non-familial peer group and other associations into quasi families and by carrying on their personal affairs in mostly public or semipublic places such as boardinghouses, saloons, the streets, clubhouses, and the like. —Howard P. Chudacoff, The Age of the Bachelor, 1999



Origin of quasi

quasi-


First Known Use: 1642

Rhymes with quasi


quasi-

combining form qua·si

Simple Definition of quasi-

  • : in some way or sense but not in a true, direct, or complete way

Full Definition of quasi-

  1. 1 :  in some sense or degree <quasiperiodic> <quasi-judicial>

  2. 2 :  resembling in some degree <quasiparticle>

Origin of quasi-

Latin quasi as if, as it were, approximately, from quam as + si if — more at quantity, so



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