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[kwey-zahy, -sahy, kwah-see, -zee] /ˈkweɪ zaɪ, -saɪ, ˈkwɑ si, -zi/

resembling; seeming; virtual:
a quasi member.
a combining form meaning “resembling,” “having some, but not all of the features of,” used in the formation of compound words:
quasi-definition; quasi-monopoly; quasi-official; quasi-scientific.
/ˈkweɪzaɪ; -saɪ; ˈkwɑːzɪ/
as if; as it were
combining form
almost but not really; seemingly: a quasi-religious cult
resembling but not actually being; so-called: a quasi-scholar

late 15c., Latin, in hypothetical comparisons, “as if, just as if, as though;” in real comparisons “just as, as;” in approximation, “somewhat like, nearly, not far from;” from quam “as” relative pronomial adverb of manner (see who) + si “if,” from PIE pronomial stem *swo- “so” (see so).

word-forming element used since 18c. (but most productively in 20c.) and typically meaning “kind of, resembling, like but not really, as if;” from Latin quasi “as if, as it were” (see quasi).


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