metaphysical

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adjective meta·phys·i·cal \ -ˈfi-zi-kəl \

Definition of metaphysical

1 :of or relating to metaphysics
  • metaphysical truth
  • metaphysical speculation
2 a :of or relating to the transcendent (see transcendent 1) or to a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses
  • fleeing from experience to a metaphysical realm
  • —John Dewey
b :supernatural
  • fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crown'd
  • —William Shakespeare
3 :highly abstract or abstruse; also :theoretical
  • metaphysical reasoning
4 often capitalized :of or relating to poetry especially of the early 17th century that is highly intellectual and philosophical and marked by unconventional figurative language
  • metaphysical poets

metaphysically

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Examples of metaphysical in a Sentence

  1. a metaphysical world of spirits

  2. a work that deals with such metaphysical questions as the very nature of knowledge

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First Known Use of metaphysical

15th century


Metaphysical

noun

Definition of Metaphysical

:a metaphysical poet of the 17th century

First Known Use of metaphysical

1887


METAPHYSICAL Defined for English Language Learners

metaphysical

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adjective

Definition of metaphysical for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or based on metaphysics

  • : of or relating to things that are thought to exist but that cannot be seen



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