What does philosophical mean?

Definitions for philosophical
ˌfɪl əˈsɒf ɪ kəlphilo·soph·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. philosophic, philosophicaladjective

    of or relating to philosophy or philosophers

    "philosophical writing"; "a considerable knowledge of philosophical terminology"

  2. philosophical, philosophicadjective

    characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; meeting trouble with level-headed detachment

    "philosophical resignation"; "a philosophic attitude toward life"


  1. philosophicaladjective

    Of, or pertaining to, philosophy.

  2. philosophicaladjective

    Rational; analytic or critically-minded; thoughtful.

  3. philosophicaladjective

    Detached, calm, stoic.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Philosophick, Philosophicaladjective

    Etymology: philosophique, Fr. from philosophy.

    Others in virtue plac’d felicity:
    The stoic last in philosophick pride
    By him call’d virtue; and his virtuous man,
    Wise, perfect in himself, and all possessing. John Milton.

    How could our chymick friends go on
    To find the philosophick stone. Matthew Prior.

    When the safety of the publick is endangered, the appearance of a philosophical or affected indolence must arise either from stupidity or perfidiousness. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    We have our philosophical persons to make modern and familiar, things supernatural and causeless. William Shakespeare.

    Acquaintance with God is not a speculative knowledge, built on abstracted reasonings about his nature and essence, such as philosophical minds often busy themselves in, without reaping from thence any advantage towards regulating their passions, but practical knowledge. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    This is what nature’s wants may well suffice:
    But since among mankind so few there are,
    Who will conform to philosophick fare,
    I’ll mingle something of our times to please. John Dryden.


  1. philosophical

    Philosophy (from Greek: φιλοσοφία, philosophia, 'love of wisdom') is the systematized study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about existence, reason, knowledge, values, mind, and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved. Some sources claim the term was coined by Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BCE), although this theory is disputed by some. Philosophical methods include questioning, critical discussion, rational argument, and systematic presentation.Historically, philosophy encompassed all bodies of knowledge and a practitioner was known as a philosopher. "Natural philosophy," which began as a discipline in ancient India and Ancient Greece, encompasses astronomy, medicine, and physics. For example, Isaac Newton's 1687 Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy later became classified as a book of physics. In the 19th century, the growth of modern research universities led academic philosophy and other disciplines to professionalize and specialize. Since then, various areas of investigation that were traditionally part of philosophy have become separate academic disciplines, and namely the social sciences such as psychology, sociology, linguistics, and economics. Today, major subfields of academic philosophy include metaphysics, which is concerned with the fundamental nature of existence and reality; epistemology, which studies the nature of knowledge and belief; ethics, which is concerned with moral value; and logic, which studies the rules of inference that allow one to derive conclusions from true premises. Other notable subfields include philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind.


  1. philosophical

    Philosophical refers to anything related to philosophy, which is the study of fundamental questions about existence, reality, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and ethics. It can describe an approach or viewpoint that is characterized by deep, thoughtful, analytical, and reflective reasoning or contemplation. It can also refer to a demeanor or attitude that is calm, composed, rational, and unperturbed, especially in the face of difficult situations or adversity, which is often associated with wisdom or enlightenment in philosophical traditions. The term can be used to characterize ideas, theories, methods, behaviors, attitudes, or aspects that are reminiscent of, derived from, or aligned with philosophical thought, discourse, or practice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Philosophicaladjective

    of or pertaining to philosophy; versed in, or imbued with, the principles of philosophy; hence, characterizing a philosopher; rational; wise; temperate; calm; cool

  2. Etymology: [L. philosophicus: cf. F. philosophique.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'philosophical' in Adjectives Frequency: #852

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of philosophical in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of philosophical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of philosophical in a Sentence

  1. West Virginia:

    I was at $ 1.5 from the beginning, i gave( Senate Majority Leader Chuck) Schumer exactly the philosophical beliefs and the amount of money that I thought we could raise and pay for everything. So they've had that from Day 1, on July 2020, of this year. Senate Majority Leader Chuck's had that.

  2. Mike Gibbons:

    I mean, I think I'm Mike Gibbons, i am a solid conservative ; philosophical conservative. I think the party is trying to find its way right now, and there's a lot of different camps out there.

  3. Troy Nikolaos:

    Sowing discord among our Men & Women over individual philosophical perceptions, religious or otherwise, will not be tolerated within my ranks. Grow up or vacate.

  4. Ady Barkan:

    My observation is that your political philosophical approach to a system failure is generally not to expand the size of the public sector, but to instead heavily regulate private sector actors and beat down their greed, was that the source of your initial hesitation on the question of getting rid of private insurance, or was it something else ?

  5. Vladan Kuzmanović:

    Sabism is a thematic pallet, philosophical colourism, chromatic signature and dual art, soft scale, poetics of attractiveness, mythologism, actual value, logism of color, active color, logical panel.

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