Definition of philosophical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌfɪləˈsɒfɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɪləˈsɑːfɪkl//
    (also philosophic
    BrE BrE//ˌfɪləˈsɒfɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɪləˈsɑːfɪk//
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  1. 1connected with philosophy the philosophical writings of Kant philosophic debate
  2. 2philosophical (about something) (approving) having a calm attitude towards a difficult or disappointing situation synonym stoic He was philosophical about losing and said that he'd be back next year to try again.
  3. Extra examples I could wax philosophical on all the injustices of life. Mum’s being quite philosophical about the whole thing. Roth’s story is deeply philosophical. The debate was getting too philosophical for me. Try to be philosophical about it. a purely philosophical argument It is one of the most important pieces of philosophical writing of the twentieth century. Modern science was given its philosophical basis by Descartes. The level of philosophical debate is usually quite high. The pamphlet attempted a philosophical justification for the war. The university remained at the forefront of philosophical thinking.
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