philosophical

adjective
phil·​o·​soph·​i·​cal | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈsä-fi-kəl also -ˈzä- How to pronounce philosophical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly philosophic \ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈsä-​fik also  -​ˈzä-​ How to pronounce philosophic (audio) \

Definition of philosophical

1a : of or relating to philosophers or philosophy
b : based on philosophy
2 : characterized by the attitude of a philosopher specifically : calm or unflinching in the face of trouble, defeat, or loss

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Other Words from philosophical

philosophically \ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈsä-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce philosophically (audio) also  -​ˈzä-​ \ adverb

Examples of philosophical in a Sentence

They got into a philosophical debate about what it means for something to be “natural.” He's trying to be philosophical about their decision since he knows he can't change it.

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First Known Use of philosophical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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philosophical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of philosophical

: of, relating to, or based on philosophy
: having a calm attitude toward a difficult or unpleasant situation

philosophical

adjective
phil·​o·​soph·​i·​cal | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈsä-fi-kəl How to pronounce philosophical (audio) \
variants: also philosophic \ -​ˈsä-​fik \

Kids Definition of philosophical

1 : of or relating to the study of basic ideas about knowledge, right and wrong, reasoning, and the value of things
2 : showing wisdom and calm when faced with misfortune

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philosophically adverb

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