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


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

The Mall is appropriate for the quasi-political pomp of inaugurations in part because most inaugurations include some kind of call for national unity. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Forget the tanks. Trump’s violation of the Lincoln Memorial is the real offense.," 3 July 2019 The whole idea was to take Chrysler private, or at least only quasi-public, so it could be run more efficiently with a core group of stockholders controlling it, much as the Ford family controls Ford Motor Co., Iacocca explained later. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 For Marvel and Disney's part, catching up with Avatar wasn't the only reason for the quasi-rerelease (generally, rereleases happen months later). Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Avengers: Endgame' Won't Overtake 'Avatar' for Now," 30 June 2019 But Canada’s quasi-monopoly is rapidly coming to a close. Shafin Diamond Tejani, Quartz, "What Mark Twain can teach us about the weed industry," 29 June 2019 Operating under the quasi-legal framework of the state’s medical marijuana laws and using the pseudonym Mr. Sherbinski, Guzman developed a reputation among local rappers and studio heads, who’d stock up on his much-vaunted product before sessions. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Why Top Rappers Love Luxury Cannabis Concierge Mario Guzman," 27 June 2019 The Office of Special Counsel is a quasi-judicial independent agency that adjudicates claims of retaliation by whistleblowers and administers the Hatch Act and other civil service rules. Anchorage Daily News, "House panel votes to authorize subpoena for Kellyanne Conway after she fails to show for hearing," 26 June 2019 In a letter to DeWine obtained by Ludlow, Boland wrote he was concerned about the role the governor was playing in making appointments to the quasi-public department. cleveland.com, "Ohio budget deal due this week: Capitol Letter," 24 June 2019 The Office of the Special Counsel is a quasi-judicial independent agency that adjudicates claims of retaliation by whistleblowers and administers the Hatch Act and other civil service rules. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "White House will bar Conway from Hatch Act testimony," 24 June 2019

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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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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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