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

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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 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, "Is Substack the Media Future We Want?," 28 Dec. 2020 Each, apparently, is the real Santa, which adds to the mind-bending ontological aspects of the whole business. New York Times, "The Department Store That Does Holiday Cheer Like No Other," 23 Dec. 2020 Its unstated premise is that events, even natural phenomena such as hurricanes, somehow conform at a basic ontological level to what happen to be the talking points of the older of our two major political parties. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "How the liberal consensus exercises its power," 30 Oct. 2020 My scientific approach differs substantially in its guiding ontological commitments than those that guide current research on the nature of fear. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019 Can philosophy by itself resolve such an ontological quandary? Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Waiting for the Revolution," 24 May 2013 The underlying problem with the FCC’s approach may not be economic, but ontological. Popular Mechanics, "The Invisible Battle for America’s Airwaves," 17 June 2019 The specter of death is nearly always present, framed by ontological discussions wrought in dizzying spirals of words. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: An ‘Angels in America’ That Soars on the Breath of Life," 25 Mar. 2018 The post raised the ontological questions at the heart of the deepfake debate: Does a naked image of Person A become a naked image of Person B if Person B’s face is superimposed in a seamless and untraceable way? Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Here Come the Fake Videos, Too," 4 Mar. 2018

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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