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Definition of metaphysics noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

metaphysics

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌmetəˈfɪzɪks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmetəˈfɪzɪks//
 
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the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of existence, truth and knowledge Word Origin mid 16th cent.: representing medieval Latin metaphysica (neuter plural), based on Greek ta meta ta phusika ‘the things after the Physics’, referring to the sequence of Aristotle's works: the title came to denote the branch of study treated in the books, later interpreted as meaning ‘the science of things transcending what is physical or natural’.
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