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 (fĭl′ə-sŏf′ĭ-kəl) also phil·o·soph·ic (-ĭk)
1. Of, relating to, or based on a system of philosophy.
2. Characteristic of a philosopher, as in equanimity, enlightenment, and wisdom.

phil′o·soph′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˌfɪləˈsɒfɪkəl) or


1. (Philosophy) of or relating to philosophy or philosophers
2. reasonable, wise, or learned
3. calm and stoical, esp in the face of difficulties or disappointments
4. (formerly) of or relating to science or natural philosophy
ˌphiloˈsophically adv
ˌphiloˈsophicalness n
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(ˌfɪl əˈsɒf ɪ kəl)

also phil`o•soph′ic,

1. of or pertaining to philosophy.
2. versed in or occupied with philosophy.
3. proper to or befitting a philosopher.
4. sensibly calm or rational.
[1350–1400; Middle English: learned, pertaining to alchemy < Latin philosophic(us) (< Greek philosophikós]
phil`o•soph′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.philosophical - of or relating to philosophy or philosophers; "philosophical writing"; "a considerable knowledge of philosophical terminology"
2.philosophical - characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; meeting trouble with level-headed detachment; "philosophical resignation"; "a philosophic attitude toward life"
unemotional - unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion
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[ˌfɪləˈsɒfɪkəl] ADJfilosófico
she was philosophical about the delayse tomó el retraso con filosofía
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[ˌfɪləˈsɒfɪkəl] adj
[discussion, questions, writings] → philosophique
[attitude, approach] → philosophique
to be philosophical about sth → prendre qch avec philosophie
Lewis had grown philosophical about life → Lewis prenait maintenant la vie avec philosophie.
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[ˌfɪləˈsɒfɪkl] adj (also) (fig) → filosofico/a
he's been very philosophical about it → l'ha presa con molta filosofia
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(fiˈlosəfi) plural phiˈlosophies noun
1. the search for knowledge and truth, especially about the nature of man and his behaviour and beliefs. moral philosophy.
2. a particular system of philosophical theories. I have a very simple philosophy (=attitude to life) – enjoy life!
phiˈlosopher noun
a person who studies philosophy, especially one who develops a particular set of theories. Rousseau was a famous philosopher.
ˌphiloˈsophical, ˌphiloˈsophic (-ˈso-) adjective
1. of philosophy. a philosophical discussion; philosophical works.
2. (of a person) calm, not easily upset or worried. He's had a lot of bad luck, but he's philosophical about it.
ˌphiloˈsophically adverb
phiˈlosophize, phiˈlosophise verb
to think about or discuss the nature of man, the purpose of life etc. He spends all his time philosophizing and never does any work.
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Let us suppose that philosophical minds always love knowledge of a sort which shows them the eternal nature not varying from generation and corruption.
(Count of the Holy Roman Empire, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Brazen Crown, Perpetual Arch-Master of the Rosicrucian Masons of Mesopotamia; Attached (in Honorary Capacities) to Societies Musical, Societies Medical, Societies Philosophical, and Societies General Benevolent, throughout Europe; etc.
It will be necessary to enlarge a little more upon the nature of each of these states, which is not without some difficulty, for he who would enter into a philosophical inquiry into the principles of them, and not content himself with a superficial view of their outward conduct, must pass over and omit nothing, but explain the true spirit of each of them.
Poetry, therefore, is a more philosophical and a higher thing than history: for poetry tends to express the universal, history the particular.
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Even the two players at dominoes glanced up from their game, as if to protest against philosophical philanthropy being brought by name into the Break of Day.
They sounded very nice and philosophical, but I'm afraid I am not the sort of person to sit in arbors smoking pipes when there is any fun going on outside.
To pass from theological, and philosophical truth, to the truth of civil business; it will be acknowledged, even by those that practise it not, that clear, and round dealing, is the honor of man's nature; and that mixture of falsehoods, is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it.
All the papers, pamphlets, reports-- all the journals published by the scientific, literary, and religious societies enlarged upon its advantages; and the Society of Natural History of Boston, the Society of Science and Art of Albany, the Geographical and Statistical Society of New York, the Philosophical Society of Philadelphia, and the Smithsonian of Washington sent innumerable letters of congratulation to the Gun Club, together with offers of immediate assistance and money.
In regard to the actual philosophical views expounded in this work, there is an excellent way of clearing up any difficulties they may present, and that is by an appeal to Nietzsche's other works.
With him there was a well-known professor of philosophy, who had come from Harkov expressly to clear up a difference that had arisen between them on a very important philosophical question.
He is perhaps the most Chinese of the poets dealt with, and certainly one of the most philosophical. By his subtly simple method of treatment, lofty themes are clothed in the bright raiment of poetry.