quasi

adjective qua·si \ ˈkwā-ˌzī , -ˌsī ; ˈkwä-zē , -sē \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of quasi

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

Examples of quasi in a Sentence

  1. 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 McGinnNewsweek10 Jan. 2000
  2. 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. ChudacoffThe Age of the Bachelor1999

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Origin and Etymology of quasi

quasi-


quasi-

combining form

Definition of quasi-

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

Origin and Etymology of quasi-

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


QUASI Defined for English Language Learners

quasi-

combining form

Definition of quasi- for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

1

quasi

adjective qua·si \ ˈkwā-ˌzī, -ˌsī; ˈkwä-zē, -sē \

legal Definition of quasi

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

Origin and Etymology of quasi

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


2

quasi

adverb

legal Definition of quasi

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


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