meta·​phys·​i·​cal | \ ˌme-tə-ˈfi-zi-kəl How to pronounce metaphysical (audio) \

Definition of metaphysical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to metaphysics metaphysical truth metaphysical speculation
2a : of or relating to the transcendent (see transcendent sense 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



Definition of Metaphysical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a metaphysical poet of the 17th century

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metaphysically \ ˌme-​tə-​ˈfi-​zi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metaphysical (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for metaphysical

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of metaphysical in a Sentence

Adjective a metaphysical world of spirits 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, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Metaphysical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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