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Definition of philosophy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the study of the nature and meaning of the universe and of human life moral philosophy the philosophy of science a professor of philosophy a degree in philosophy
  2. 2[countable] a particular set or system of beliefs resulting from the search for knowledge about life and the universe the philosophy of Jung the development of different philosophies
  3. 3[countable] a set of beliefs or an attitude to life that guides someone's behavior Her philosophy of life is to take every opportunity that presents itself.
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