philosophical

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adjective phil·o·soph·i·cal \ˌfi-lə-ˈsä-fi-kəl also -ˈzä-\
variants: or less commonly

philosophic

play \ˌfi-lə-ˈsä-fik also -ˈzä-\

Definition of philosophical

  1. 1a :  of or relating to philosophers or philosophyb :  based on philosophy

  2. 2 :  characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; specifically :  calm or unflinching in the face of trouble, defeat, or loss

philosophically

play \ˌfi-lə-ˈsä-fi-k(ə-)lē also -ˈzä-\ adverb

Examples of philosophical in a Sentence

  1. They got into a philosophical debate about what it means for something to be natural.

  2. 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


PHILOSOPHICAL Defined for English Language Learners

philosophical

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Definition of philosophical for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or based on philosophy

  • : having a calm attitude toward a difficult or unpleasant situation


PHILOSOPHICAL Defined for Kids

philosophical

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adjective phil·o·soph·i·cal \ˌfi-lə-ˈsä-fi-kəl\
variants: also

philosophic

\-ˈsä-fik\

Definition of philosophical for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the study of basic ideas about knowledge, right and wrong, reasoning, and the value of things

  2. 2 :  showing wisdom and calm when faced with misfortune

philosophically

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