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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.]
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
(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
(Poetry) a poet of this group
met•a•phys•i•cal(ˌmɛt əˈfɪz ɪ kəl)
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]
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|Adj.||1.||metaphysical - 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"|
1. abstract, intellectual, theoretical, deep, basic, essential, ideal, fundamental, universal, profound, philosophical, speculative, high-flown, esoteric, transcendental, abstruse, recondite, oversubtle metaphysical questions like personal responsibility for violence
1. Having no body, form, or substance: