Definition of philosophical in English:


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(also philosophic)
  • 1Relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.

    ‘philosophical discussions about free will’
    • ‘the American Philosophical Society’
    • ‘Many philosophers today deny that philosophical questions about knowledge have any special character.’
    • ‘Most read him in terms of the German philosophical tradition or existentialism.’
    • ‘Husserl's phenomenology is Derrida's most immediate philosophical heritage.’
    • ‘Zeno devoted all his energies to explain and develop the philosophical system of Parmenides.’
    • ‘Scientific rather than philosophical questions dominated Descartes's work.’
    • ‘The phenomenon of philosophical phenomenology is the being of beings or entities.’
    • ‘The object of the life of study is philosophical or scientific understanding.’
    • ‘But in the philosophical sense phenomenology is not the letting be seen of entities as they show themselves.’
    • ‘Schopenhauer's philosophical thinking is easiest to grasp if one first sees the backbone that runs right through it.’
    • ‘The question of whether science causes harm might seem to be an empirical rather than a philosophical one.’
    • ‘A refutation of their particular scientific or philosophical proof of the existence of God would not have shaken their own faith one iota.’
    • ‘The influence of each area of Boethius's philosophical writing was vast in the Middle Ages.’
    • ‘The use of category theory for logical and philosophical studies is already well underway.’
    • ‘The first seven of the philosophical propositions bear on the nature and excellence of philosophy.’
    • ‘Leo saw that the crisis was philosophical in nature and needed the response of Christian philosophy.’
    • ‘The semantic notions are the ones that link a formal system to the philosophical problem of the nature of mathematical truth.’
    • ‘Stein's approach is philosophical in nature, and he tends to spend more effort on speaking instead of communicating.’
    • ‘Do not attribute objective reality or philosophical validity to any of these results, but do try for yourself’
    • ‘There are no sources of philosophical knowledge that stand independent of, and prior to, the natural sciences.’
    • ‘So Bon Voyage is not so much a propaganda vehicle as a philosophical essay into the nature of truth.’
    theoretical, analytical, rational, metaphysical, logical, reasoned, esoteric, scholarly, erudite
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  • 2Having or showing a calm attitudetoward disappointments or difficulties.

    ‘he was philosophical about losing the contract’
    • ‘His squad is optimistic that things are getting better, or at least philosophical about attitudes taking time to change.’
    • ‘Yorkshire coach Wayne Clark is philosophical about the disappointing start and confident that his team will soon turn the corner.’
    • ‘He revisits that bitterly disappointing period in his life and is philosophical about what went so wrong.’
    • ‘Despite his obvious disappointment, Roe was more philosophical about the incident.’
    • ‘He was well aware of his mortality and was extremely philosophical about it.’
    • ‘He is philosophical about the loss of cinemas because there are still many screens - albeit in fewer buildings.’
    • ‘Now selling up this craggy portfolio, the former colonel is philosophical about the fate of the four homes he built on the rocky outcrop.’
    • ‘After all, could anyone ever imagine Michael Schumacher being so philosophical about failure to fulfil his goals?’
    • ‘White also acknowledged that Durham would give them a tough fight but he was philosophical about last Sunday's defeat.’
    • ‘Speaking to the Gazette on the day after the meeting, the artist was philosophical about the council's u-turn.’
    • ‘His experience there exemplifies what he says regarding the need to be philosophical about the photographs that you miss.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago doctors told her she was in remission, but Abigail is philosophical about her situation.’
    • ‘With the benefit of hindsight, I prefer to be philosophical about my experience.’
    • ‘Harry is reasonably philosophical about it but Dolly, as usual, puts the blame entirely on me.’
    • ‘She is absurdly philosophical about it - accepting it as one of God's lessons for her.’
    • ‘I don't know what action to take to feel more philosophical about the situation.’
    • ‘Most seem to be philosophical about the restrictions and have grudgingly accepted the ban.’
    • ‘He was equally philosophical about the growing personal criticism that he received.’
    • ‘The result, he says, was a fairly philosophical attitude to life at an early age, but no more.’
    • ‘It's probably best to counter the negative effects of this transit with a philosophical attitude, and to try to keep a sense of humour.’
    calm, composed, cool, collected, cool, calm, and collected, self-possessed, serene, tranquil, placid, stoical, impassive, sober, dispassionate, detached, unemotional, phlegmatic, unperturbed, imperturbable, equable, unruffled, patient, forbearing, long-suffering, tolerant, accommodating, indulgent, easy-going, even-tempered, restrained, fatalistic, unexcitable, resigned, rational, logical, realistic, practical
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