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PHILOSOPHICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does philosophical mean? 

PHILOSOPHICAL (adjective)
  The adjective PHILOSOPHICAL has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to philosophy or philosophers
2. characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; meeting trouble with level-headed detachment
3. characteristic of or imbued with the attitude of a philosopher or based on philosophy

  Familiarity information: PHILOSOPHICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PHILOSOPHICAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to philosophy or philosophers

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

philosophic; philosophical

Context examples:

philosophical writing / a considerable knowledge of philosophical terminology

Pertainym:

philosophy (the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics)


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Meaning:

Characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; meeting trouble with level-headed detachment

Synonyms:

philosophical; philosophic

Context examples:

philosophical resignation / a philosophic attitude toward life

Similar:

unemotional (unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion)


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Meaning:

Characteristic of or imbued with the attitude of a philosopher or based on philosophy

Synonyms:

philosophic; philosophical

Context examples:

that breadth of outlook that distinguishes the philosophic mind / their differences were philosophical

Similar:

ideologic; ideological (concerned with or suggestive of ideas)

Antonym:

nonphilosophical (not philosophical)


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