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 Kimmel's unique opener was made even more surreal by the production intercutting the host with footage of audiences from past Emmy telecasts to provide the comedian with a quasi-ironic laugh track. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel mocks MAGA, uses laugh track in surreal opening monologue," 21 Sep. 2020 The Colts were in Jacksonville, where in a quasi-bubble nearly 60 players were sustained by food in Styrofoam containers instead of buffet-style catering. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "On pandemic road trip, Vikings aim to get in, get out and stay safe," 19 Sep. 2020 The economic part of that arrangement has enabled Mr. Lukashenko to maintain his quasi-Soviet paternalistic regime in which everyone gets fed, housed, and educated, but most development is frozen. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Russian aid for Lukashenko doesn’t end Belarus crisis," 15 Sep. 2020 Alternative comedians, for example, have begun using it as a virtual space in which to produce quasi-avant-garde work. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How Cameo Blew Up During Quarantine," 15 Sep. 2020 Michigan State met as unbeaten teams in a quasi-national championship called the Game of the Century. Tom Shanahan, Detroit Free Press, "QB from epic Michigan State-Notre Dame clash: No national champ can be decided in 2020," 11 Sep. 2020 Despite embodying the vanguard of consumer capitalism, blands tend to be subtly Soviet — quasi-post-apocalyptic. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "‘Blands’ are some of the buzziest companies out there," 9 Sep. 2020 Predictive markets, a type of quasi-stock market for electoral outcomes, also favor Trump in Ohio. cleveland, "With fewer than 60 days until the presidential election, what does the race look like in Ohio?," 6 Sep. 2020 Big History asks Big Questions and offers quasi-monocausal answers. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, "Why Is the West So Powerful—And So Peculiar?," 6 Sep. 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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25 Sep 2020

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“Quasi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasi. Accessed 1 Oct. 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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