qua·​si | \ˈkwā-ˌzī, -ˌsī;ˈkwä-zē, -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


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

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That’s because voters too must start taking responsibility again for political outcomes, in a way that is not possible when the same voters who perennially elected quasi-Remainers to Parliament then voted Leave in the referendum. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Britain Risks Death by a Thousand Elections," 21 Nov. 2018 Over the years, Congress has ceded small amounts of autonomy to Puerto Rico, which now operates as a quasi-state. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Puerto Rico’s push for statehood, explained," 24 Sep. 2018 Hopes that the trip would pave the way to even a quasi-normalization of relations and a thaw in tensions were not realized, however. Tamer Fakahany, The Seattle Times, "Leaders take big gambles in visiting ‘enemy’ territory," 18 Sep. 2018 Court commissioners have quasi-judicial authority to move cases in certain areas through the judicial system, as directed by judges. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lau leading in race for campaign dollars for Waukesha County circuit court branch 12," 1 Feb. 2018 Image Per Kirkeby, a Danish artist who trained as a geologist before turning to painting quasi-abstract landscapes that were often characterized as Neo-Expressionist, died on May 9 at his home in Copenhagen. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Per Kirkeby, Painter Inspired by Nature, Is Dead at 79," 20 May 2018 In in an attempt to find a remedy for love troubles, the duo offers to light up a candle for the saints in a quasi-psychedelic video that evokes mysticism and folklore. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: All the Best New Latin Songs and Albums You Should Add to Your Playlist," 18 May 2018 That drive is what brings us to the CW’s newest summer series, the fantastical The Outpost, a drama that borrows heavily from Thrones’ quasi-medieval fire and magic vibes. refinery29.com, "All The Best Post-Apocalyptic TV Shows You Can Watch," 11 July 2018 Trevante Rhodes, Michael Pena, William Fichtner and Rob Riggle work their scenes to advantage, though screenwriters Ted Tally and Peter Craig often seem stranded in a no-man’s land between quasi-documentary reality and reassuring Hollywood cliche. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'12 Strong' review: Chris Hemsworth leads story of task force under fire," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of quasi


1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quasi



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

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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 \

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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