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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

By portraying the Führer as an all-dominating, quasi-demonic figure, Fest effectively placed less blame on the Weimar Republic conservatives who put Hitler in office. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 Analysts and intellectuals say his lack of respect for Mexican government institutions could usher in a period of quasi-autocracy. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump lost a battle on family separations, but his immigration war continues," 21 June 2018 The city should explore creating a quasi-government authority to oversee all operations for sporting venues like Legion Field, according to the report. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Naming rights for Legion Field? Birmingham audit finds $21 million in cost savings," 26 Apr. 2018 Using this as a source of quasi-random variation in compensation, an economist found that teams that had to pay extra for a player gave him additional plate appearances, even controlling for characteristics of the player and the team. Kevin Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Electoral impacts of robot workers," 13 July 2018 World Business Chicago, the quasi-governmental agency that is funded in part by taxpayer money, paid the way for Emanuel and an unspecified number of other government and non-profit officials. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 July 2018 The Shura Council, the kingdom’s quasi-parliament, is also concerned. The Economist, "Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs," 12 July 2018 Last Monday, in a heartfelt post on Instagram, Justin Bieber declared his love and commitment to Hailey Baldwin — and, in the process, also proved his quasi-proficiency in numerology. refinery29.com, "Justin Bieber's Engagement Announcement Features A Low-Key Numerology Flex," 10 July 2018 Until the miners arrived, these dunes were a quasi-barren wasteland — good only for weekend adventurers zipping around on buggies. David Wethe / Bloomberg, Time, "Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton," 10 July 2018

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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


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

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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

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