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Definitions of metaphysical

metaphysical (ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪkəl



  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



  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'

Not just Simeon's metaphysical ideas, but the substance of the simpler exchanges between the two men.
Clive Barker SACRAMENT (2001)
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
Fighting my way out of this metaphysical conundrum I ordered rapidly: `Come to the South Canonry at once.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths


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