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The collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, and related materials; stamp collecting.

[French philatélie : Greek phil-, philo-, philo- + Greek ateleia, exemption from payment (because a postage stamp indicates prepayment of postage) (a-, without; see a-1 + telos, tax, charge; see telə- in Indo-European roots).]

phil′a·tel′ic (fĭl′ə-tĕl′ĭk), phil′a·tel′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
phil′a·tel′i·cal·ly adv.
phi·lat′e·list n.
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Adv.1.philatelically - in a philatelic manner; "the Post Office honors great Americans philatelically"
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Colin Butler then gave the vote-of-thanks on behalf of the members present, saying that we had been privileged to see such a wonderful display of virtually every facet of philately, that included die-proofs and colour trials, covers, maps, perforations, etc., etc., from a small and philatelically, overlooked country.
We learn, for instance, that not all polar mail is philatelically inspired.
Kitts and Nevis, but philatelically speaking the two have gone their own ways, operating separate bureaus since 1980, three years prior to their formal independence from Great Britain.