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 Before Malik Cunningham began inviting comparisons to the quasi-incomparable Lamar Jackson. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 22 Nov. 2021 BrüMate's Liquor Canteen earns its name from the quasi-military design, with the shape of the grippy silicone sleeve evoking the gas can often seen attached to army jeeps. Michael Calore, Wired, 18 Nov. 2021 These quasi-beliefs fed into his work and nourished it, imbuing many paintings, sculptures, and etchings with a kind of sacramental savagery. John Banville, The New Republic, 16 Nov. 2021 The quasi-legal proceeding comes after a year in which Catanzara, an officer since 1995, has continued to make headlines, including for fighting the city’s current COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Annie Sweeney, chicagotribune.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Besides the Proprietor and the Balladeer, there’s yet another quasi-narrator figure: the elegant, evil John Wilkes Booth (Steven Pasquale). Helen Shaw, Vulture, 15 Nov. 2021 Her debut cookbook, Dessert Person, is a be-all, end-all resource for any amateur, aspiring, or quasi-professional baker. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Nov. 2021 As gender norms have relaxed over the past few decades, the men’s carryall has gone from sitcom punchline to quasi-ubiquitous accessory. Nick Haramis, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2021 In this mission, the Eternals are under the quasi-divine reign of a group called the Celestials and its head, Arishem, and under the practical leadership of the foremost Eternal, called Ajak (who is played by Salma Hayek). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2021

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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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“Quasi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasi. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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combining form

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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