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 Vanessa Bayer’s new Showtime series is a quasi-autobiographical comedy about a former cancer patient who dreams of becoming a home shopping network host. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 2 May 2022 But the State Contracting Standards Board also watched a second proposal, to expand its authority to investigate all quasi-public entities created by the legislature, die for this year. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 1 May 2022 The flaneur was a familiar figure in nineteenth-century Paris: a solitary, quasi-artistic man (though not always) who strolled the streets like an urban epicure. Julian Barnes, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 Further, once all facts became known, every congressional, judicial, and quasi-governmental body involved in investigating and resolving these false Ellipse rally speech accusations against me ruled in my favor. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 26 Apr. 2022 Disney lobbyists said the project was too massive for local governments to handle, so legislators gave Disney the authority to run the development as a quasi-governmental agency. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 The Mayor’s Fund has long been dogged by questions about its quasi-official status. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The changes Sawyer has planned for Artscape reflect broader shifts at BOPA, a quasi-city agency. Christina Tkacik, Baltimore Sun, 19 Apr. 2022 What's set Moon Knight apart has been the fact that it's been the quasi-origin story of a new—and reasonably complex—new character. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Quasi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasi. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for quasi


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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