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 Dictionary entry overview: What does metaphysical mean? 

METAPHYSICAL (adjective)
  The adjective METAPHYSICAL has 3 senses:

1. pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics
2. without material form or substance
3. highly abstract and overly theoretical

  Familiarity information: METAPHYSICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

METAPHYSICAL (adjective)

Sense 1metaphysical [BACK TO TOP]


Pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

metaphysical philosophy


metaphysics (the philosophical study of being and knowing)

Sense 2metaphysical [BACK TO TOP]


Without material form or substance

Context example:

metaphysical forces


supernatural (not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material)

Sense 3metaphysical [BACK TO TOP]


Highly abstract and overly theoretical

Context example:

metaphysical reasoning


theoretic; theoretical (concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations)

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