bio·​phil·​ic ˌbī-ō-ˈfi-lik How to pronounce biophilic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characterized by biophilia : relating to, showing, or being the human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature
The biophilic tendency is nevertheless so clearly evinced in daily life and widely distributed as to deserve serious attention. It unfolds in the predictable fantasies and responses of individuals from early childhood onward.E. O. Wilson
However, the emerging concept of biophilic design recognizes how much human physical and mental well-being relies on the quality of our relationships to the natural world.Lindsey Blomberg

Examples of biophilic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the emergence of biophilic design, which brings natural elements to homes and offices to promote a sense of well-being, lush plant displays became essential to Silicon Valley start-ups and established companies alike. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2023 Indeed, the ultra-modern, biophilic home wouldn’t look out of place in Malibu or even Hawaii, thanks to its full embrace of its natural surroundings. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 9 Aug. 2023 The biophilic theme continues in the spacious rooms and suites where textures, colors, and materials celebrate Mother Nature in a sophisticated way. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2023 Tate Builders implemented the 14 patterns of biophilic design throughout the home. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 9 Aug. 2023 Second, whether visual, physical, or both, a connection with the outdoors is fundamental to current trends like biophilic design and organic modern style. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 The wraparound porch has a biophilic theme with its abundance of greenery and canopied chairs. Shivani Vora, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 That, coupled with the world’s recent obsession with biophilic design, has made skylights an ever-popular choice among homeowners, architects, and interior designers alike. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2023 Plants now cover much of the beachfront facade, and the resort’s biophilic design adds 30 percent more outdoor space to the 252-room property (including 51 suites, three with private terraces). Melinda Fulmer, Robb Report, 30 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biophilic was in 1932

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“Biophilic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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