qua·​si | \ ˈkwā-ˌzī How to pronounce quasi (audio) , -ˌsī; ˈkwä-zē How to pronounce quasi (audio) , -sē \

Definition of quasi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having some resemblance usually by possession of certain attributes a quasi corporation
2 : having a legal status only by operation or construction of law and without reference to intent a quasi contract

Definition of quasi- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in some sense or degree quasiperiodic quasi-judicial
2 : resembling in some degree quasiparticle

Examples of quasi in a Sentence

Adjective And as more people adopt these teachings as quasi religions, some adherents say their belief systems are no less valid than those based on that older collection of maxims, the Ten Commandments. — Daniel McGinn, Newsweek, 10 Jan. 2000 But also, bachelors, more than married people, blended the two spheres by making their public, non-familial peer group and other associations into quasi families and by carrying on their personal affairs in mostly public or semipublic places such as boardinghouses, saloons, the streets, clubhouses, and the like. — Howard P. Chudacoff, The Age of the Bachelor, 1999
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The quasi-messianic notion that Trump fights for us all, and asks for nothing in return also helped the rally speakers articulate the crowd’s end of the bargain: Now the loving great leader needs us to fight for him. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "Feeling Trump’s Pain," 11 Jan. 2021 Olive is a quasi-fictional character residing in a rural Mine town. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Over the last 80 years, the legislature has time and again shifted authority to the executive branch, so much so that the president can often wield quasi-legislative power. Jay Cost, Washington Examiner, "Biden's Kitchen Cabinet," 31 Dec. 2020 The transfers are sometimes organized by regional chambers of commerce, which operate as quasi-governmental agencies, and labor recruitment companies that act as intermediaries and arrange for workers to be sent to specific factories. Washington Post, "Apple’s longtime supplier accused of using forced labor in China," 29 Dec. 2020 In China, history long occupied a quasi-religious status. Barbara Demick, The Atlantic, "Uncovering the Cultural Revolution’s Awful Truths," 18 Dec. 2020 The money would provide a new lifeline for the research programs overseen by a quasi-government agency created by voters in 2004, which has spent almost all of its initial state bond funding. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "California voters embrace special rules for app-based drivers, reject rent control plan," 4 Nov. 2020 Fudge faced some criticism as the quasi-political boss of Cuyahoga County for a lack of turnout, though even in a perfect turnout scenario in Cuyahoga County, Trump would’ve won the state easily. cleveland, "The top newsmakers in Ohio politics for 2020: Analysis," 27 Dec. 2020 The result has been nothing short of the total transformation of what was once a quasi-public service into a profit-hungry industry. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, "Congress Doesn’t Care About Your Surprise Ambulance Bill," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of quasi


1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quasi



Combining form

Latin quasi as if, as it were, approximately, from quam as + si if — more at quantity, so

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The first known use of quasi was in 1632

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17 Jan 2021

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“Quasi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasi. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quasi-

: in some way or sense but not in a true, direct, or complete way


qua·​si | \ ˈkwā-ˌzī, -ˌsī; ˈkwä-zē, -sē How to pronounce quasi (audio) \

Legal Definition of quasi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having such a resemblance to another thing as to fall within its general category a quasi corporation



Legal Definition of quasi (Entry 2 of 2)

: in some significant sense or degree often used in combination quasi-fiscal — see also quasi-judicial, quasi-legislative

History and Etymology for quasi


Latin, as if, as it were, from quam as + si if

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