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 (kwā′zī′, kwä′zē)
Having a likeness to something; resembling: a quasi success.

[Middle English, as if, from Old French, from Latin : quam, as; see kwo- in Indo-European roots + , if; see swo- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈkweɪzaɪ; -saɪ; ˈkwɑːzɪ)
1. as if; as it were
[from Latin, literally: as if]


(ˈkweɪ zaɪ, -saɪ, ˈkwɑ si, -zi)

resembling; seeming; virtual: a quasi member.
[1905–10; independent use of quasi-]


a combining form meaning “resembling,” “having some, but not all of the features of”: quasi-definition; quasi-scientific.
[< Latin quasi as if, as though =qua(m) as + if]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.quasi - having some resemblance; "a quasi success"; "a quasi contract"
similar - marked by correspondence or resemblance; "similar food at similar prices"; "problems similar to mine"; "they wore similar coats"
References in classic literature ?
I ventured to offer to the learned among them a conjecture of my own, that Laputa was QUASI LAP OUTED; LAP, signifying properly, the dancing of the sunbeams in the sea, and OUTED, a wing; which, however, I shall not obtrude, but submit to the judicious reader.
-- It runs: -- Vondervotteimittis -- Vonder, lege Donder -- Votteimittis, quasi und Bleitziz- Bleitziz obsol: -- pro Blitzen.
upon my left heel, that thou mayst quasi vestigiis nostris

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