philosophical

adjective
phil·​o·​soph·​i·​cal | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈsä-fi-kəl How to pronounce philosophical (audio) also -ˈzä- \
variants: or less commonly philosophic \ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈsä-​fik How to pronounce philosophical (audio) also  -​ˈzä-​ \

Definition of philosophical

1a : of or relating to philosophers or philosophy
b : based on philosophy
2 : characterized by the attitude of a philosopher specifically : calm or unflinching in the face of trouble, defeat, or loss

Other Words from philosophical

philosophically \ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈsä-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce philosophical (audio) also  -​ˈzä-​ \ adverb

Examples of philosophical in a Sentence

They got into a philosophical debate about what it means for something to be “natural.” He's trying to be philosophical about their decision since he knows he can't change it.
Recent Examples on the Web But much of the philosophical push and pull in House of Gucci is over what sort of future the brand should pursue—either staying in the burnished hands of the elder family statesmen or trying to compete on a global scale. David Sims, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 The resulting book is a collection of rants, philosophical musings, poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, loosely built around the dread of airplane disasters, spiked with collaged images of Lisbon and planes falling apart. Mark Haskell Smith, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Because nihilism is a philosophical dead-end and Window Shopping is the antidote. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 19 Nov. 2021 Humans have long used derogatory language and philosophical assertion to try to establish our fundamental separateness from other animals. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 The New Year's festivities will present a logistical, and perhaps philosophical, puzzle for the city's police officers, who fought the mayor's vaccination mandate for public servants. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 17 Nov. 2021 So, for example, the novel features a healthy amount of philosophical debate about relationships. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 16 Nov. 2021 The New Year’s celebration will present a logistical, and perhaps philosophical, puzzle for the city’s police officers, who fought the mayor’s vaccination mandate for public servants. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2021 In one episode, Moiraine gets into a philosophical argument with an opponent about the nature and purpose of the Wheel of Time itself. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of philosophical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Philosophical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/philosophical. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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philosophical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of philosophical

: of, relating to, or based on philosophy
: having a calm attitude toward a difficult or unpleasant situation

philosophical

adjective
phil·​o·​soph·​i·​cal | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈsä-fi-kəl How to pronounce philosophical (audio) \
variants: also philosophic \ -​ˈsä-​fik \

Kids Definition of philosophical

1 : of or relating to the study of basic ideas about knowledge, right and wrong, reasoning, and the value of things
2 : showing wisdom and calm when faced with misfortune

Other Words from philosophical

philosophically adverb

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