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metaphysical (ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl Pronunciation for metaphysical



  1. relating to or concerned with metaphysics
  2. (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

Derived Forms

ˌmetaˈphysically adverb

Metaphysical (ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl Pronunciation for Metaphysical



  1. 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


  1. a poet of this group

Translations for 'metaphysical'

  • British English: metaphysical Metaphysical means relating to metaphysics. ADJECTIVE...metaphysical questions like personal responsibility for violence.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: metafísico
  • Chinese: 形而上学的形而上学學的
  • European Spanish: metafísico metafísica
  • French: métaphysique
  • German: metaphysisch
  • Italian: metafisico metafisica
  • Japanese: 形而学的
  • Korean: 형이상학의
  • Portuguese: metafísico metafísica
  • Spanish: metafísico metafísica

Example Sentences Including 'metaphysical'

And carry that sense of metaphysical anguish which comes through so clearly in his work.
India Today (1996)
By extension, it means the absence of any overriding story - mythic, religious, metaphysical , sociohistorical.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Fighting my way out of this metaphysical conundrum I ordered rapidly: `Come to the South Canonry at once.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths
I am not talking here of the physiological aspects or the metabolism of food, but of something more metaphysical.
Christopher Ross TUNNEL VISIONS: Journeys of an Underground Philosopher (2001)
If you work on the Street, the answer to that question isn't metaphysical.
Globe and Mail (2003)
No omen appeared to guide me, no vapour trail, no metaphysical glow or flash to right or left; they could have gone either way.
Kallen, Lucille C B Greenfield - A Little Madness
Not just Simeon's metaphysical ideas, but the substance of the simpler exchanges between the two men.
Clive Barker SACRAMENT (2001)
Several signs dotted around the site had a metaphysical cast.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The idea that war is a game, a form of a play, has deep metaphysical implications.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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