of or relating to :
philosophical studies.
versed in or occupied with .
proper to or befitting a .
rationally or sensibly calm, patient, or composed.
Rare. of or relating to or physical science.
Contemporary Examples

As the story goes, Socrates engaged the cobbler and the local youth in philosophical discussions while Simon worked.
Intervals: Futurefarmers at the Guggenheim Paul Laster May 5, 2011

You might call this the “philosophical model” of the presidency, and it dominated his State of the Union address.
Is Obama Too Thoughtful? Michael Signer February 12, 2010

I had no interest in exploring the philosophical or existential layers of a cartoon show.
Growing Up with Bart Simpson Alex Suskind August 30, 2014

The philosophical investigation of our anthropological reality is the cornerstone of higher education.
Can Higher Education Really Save Our Humanity? James Poulos January 31, 2014

His academic semiotic and philosophical works wield a thousandth of the influence of his bestsellers.
This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 10, 2012 Jimmy So September 9, 2012

Historical Examples

Myths are of three kinds: Historical, philosophical, and Poetical.
The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg

It is a happy thing that she is philosophical in her circumstances, poor thing!
Deerbrook Harriet Martineau

In short, to a person engaged in philosophical pursuits, this instrument is an invaluable acquisition.
Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air Joseph Priestley

No mind of philosophical culture can adhere to such superstitions.
Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley

The Indian is rather of a philosophical temperament, not practical, with very little artistic development.
The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5 Various

of or relating to philosophy or philosophers
reasonable, wise, or learned
calm and stoical, esp in the face of difficulties or disappointments
(formerly) of or relating to science or natural philosophy

late 14c.; see philosophy + -ical. Related: Philosophically.


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