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met·a·phys·i·cal

 (mĕt′ə-fĭz′ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Of or relating to metaphysics.
2. Based on speculative or abstract reasoning.
3. Immaterial or supernatural: angels and other metaphysical beings.
4. often Metaphysical Of or relating to the poetry of a group of 17th-century English poets whose verse is characterized by an intellectually challenging style and extended metaphors comparing very dissimilar things.

[Middle English metaphisicalle, from Medieval Latin metaphysicālis, from metaphysica, metaphysics; see metaphysics.]

met′a·phys′i·cal·ly adv.

metaphysical

(ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl)
adj
1. (Philosophy) relating to or concerned with metaphysics
2. (Philosophy) (of a statement or theory) having the form of an empirical hypothesis, but in fact immune from empirical testing and therefore (in the view of the logical positivists) literally meaningless
3. (popularly) abstract, abstruse, or unduly theoretical
4. incorporeal; supernatural
ˌmetaˈphysically adv

Metaphysical

(ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl)
adj
(Poetry) denoting or relating to certain 17th-century poets who combined intense feeling with ingenious thought and often used elaborate imagery and conceits. Notable among them were Donne, Herbert, and Marvell
n
(Poetry) a poet of this group

met•a•phys•i•cal

(ˌmɛt əˈfɪz ɪ kəl)

adj.
1. pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics.
2. highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse.
3. of or pertaining to a 17th-century group of English poets who used extensive imaginative conceits and turns of wit.
4. beyond the physical; incorporeal or supernatural.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]
met`a•phys′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.metaphysical - pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysicsmetaphysical - pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics; "metaphysical philosophy"
2.metaphysical - without material form or substance; "metaphysical forces"
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"
3.metaphysical - highly abstract and overly theoretical; "metaphysical reasoning"
theoretic, theoretical - concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations; "theoretical science"

metaphysical

adjective
2. supernatural, spiritual, unreal, intangible, immaterial, incorporeal, impalpable, unsubstantial He was moved by a metaphysical sense quite alien to him.

metaphysical

adjective
2. Of, coming from, or relating to forces or beings that exist outside the natural world:
Translations

metaphysical

[ˌmetəˈfɪzɪkəl] ADJmetafísico

metaphysical

[ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl] adj [question] → métaphysique

metaphysical

adj, metaphysically
advmetaphysisch

metaphysical

[ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkl] adjmetafisico/a
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By-and-by, when you've got a name, you can afford to digress, and have philosophical and metaphysical people in your novels," said Amy, who took a strictly practical view of the subject.
Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor.
I am in doubt as to the propriety of making my first meditations in the place above mentioned matter of discourse; for these are so metaphysical, and so uncommon, as not, perhaps, to be acceptable to every one.
The faculties of the mind itself have never yet been distinguished and defined, with satisfactory precision, by all the efforts of the most acute and metaphysical philosophers.
I have known a man who turned out to have a metaphysical genius, incautiously, in the period of youthful buoyancy, commence his career as a dancing- master; and you may imagine the use that was made of this initial mistake by opponents who felt themselves bound to warn the public against his doctrine of the Inconceivable.
Arthur was bearing it bravely: but several faces wore a look of alarm, and I thought it high time to start some less metaphysical topic.
If it is true that one must always have in one's work here below a religion, or at least an ideal, of some sort, Newman found his metaphysical inspiration in a vague acceptance of final responsibility to some illumined feminine brow.
If not too refined, at all events too remote, too shadowy, and unsubstantial in his modes of development to suit the taste of the latter class, and yet too popular to satisfy the spiritual or metaphysical requisitions of the former, he must necessarily find himself without an audience, except here and there an individual or possibly an isolated clique.
No general error evinces a more thorough confusion of ideas than the error of supposing Donne and Cowley metaphysical in the sense wherein Wordsworth and Coleridge are so.
The things that had filled his days seemed now like a nursery parody of life, or like the wrangles of mediaeval schoolmen over metaphysical terms that nobody had ever understood.
Let the incommunicable objects of nature and the metaphysical isolation of man teach us independence.
He had a practical mind and moved uneasily amid the abstract; but he found an unexpected fascination in listening to metaphysical disquisitions; they made him breathless; it was a little like watching a tight-rope dancer doing perilous feats over an abyss; but it was very exciting.