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

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 Even people who don’t know his name would probably recognise his style—its combination of comic exuberance and rococo, quasi-gothic seediness—and may well have bought some of it in greeting-card form. The Economist, "The defining line Ronald Searle created his own style of graphic art," 5 Aug. 2020 Among the groups leading the fight was the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, a quasi-governmental state agency funded with tax dollars that is, by law, restricted from influencing or attempting to influence policy. oregonlive, "What happened when a public institute became a de facto lobbying arm of the timber industry," 4 Aug. 2020 The systematic brutality of the Stasi is bolstered by quasi-scientific studies involving mind-reading and other paranormal abilities — research that would sound silly if it weren’t being pursued by the agency with such deadly resolve. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "‘The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures’ is a story that John le Carré might have written for ‘The Twilight Zone’," 4 Aug. 2020 Commissioners generally decline to discuss pending matters before them because their role is quasi-judicial and if they are accused of prejudging an issue they may be asked to abstain from voting on it. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona regulators may impose big boost in energy requirements — 100% clean energy by 2050," 31 July 2020 Surely the allure of quasi-spiritual positive thinking can be no coincidence. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "Has Coronavirus Finally Put A Stop To Toxic Spirituality?," 31 July 2020 Not content with making its heroine a quasi-Senderista and the mastermind of a terrorist plot, The Gringa eventually holds her metaphorically at fault for the events of September 11, 2001, and punishes her for that, too. Andrew Altschul, The New York Review of Books, "Fiction and Responsibility," 6 July 2020 Until recently, the Falkland Islands were a quasi-feudal colony, in which an arcadian Britain of the past was preserved in microcosm—a population of eighteen hundred, territory a little larger than Jamaica. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 The Fed’s dearth of diversity at the quasi-private regional banks extends from their presidents to the boards of directors that play a role overseeing them. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed Has Made Little Progress Diversifying Leadership, Report Says," 25 June 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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8 Aug 2020

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“Quasi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasi. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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