on·​to·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌän-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce ontological (audio) \

Definition of ontological

1 : of or relating to ontology an ontological principle
2 : relating to or based upon being or existence to lift the modern male out of gender confusion and into ontological certainty— R. A. Shweder

Other Words from ontological

ontologically \ ˌän-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ontological (audio) \ adverb

Examples of ontological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cinema is another side to his ontological vision of fashion. Fabiana Giacomotti, Vogue, 16 Jan. 2022 Knowledge graphs built upon ontological concepts developed as part of the Semantic Web but allowed for a more expressive hierarchical system, with a greater emphasis on scale and relationships. Bryon Jacob, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Plus: The infamous 2016 Macbook Pro, Gödel’s ontological proof, and a mascot’s moment of weakness. Steven Levy, Wired, 22 Oct. 2021 While breathtakingly sophisticated in their content, their tone recalls the best and most beloved children's books: playful but gentle, earnest without being naive, reverberant with ontological wonder. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2021 Alongside the moral issues, there is an ontological muddle. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 Perhaps sensing that Waffles is teetering on the edge of an ontological abyss, MagiCart next ferries the friends to see the chef José Andrés, who explains, in a kid-friendly way, that sometimes categories are entirely meaningless. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2021 Unlike blogs, which link to other blogs almost as an ontological condition, most newsletters are impossible to find without an external referral or recommendation. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 Each, apparently, is the real Santa, which adds to the mind-bending ontological aspects of the whole business. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ontological

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ontological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ontological. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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