metaphysical [adj] not physical; without physical presence abstract, abstruse, bodiless, deep, difficult, discarnate, esoteric, eternal, fundamental, high-flown, ideal, immaterial, impalpable, incorporeal, insubstantial, intangible, intellectual, jesuitic, mystical, nonmaterial, nonphysical, numinous, oversubtle, philosophical, preternatural, profound, recondite, spiritual, superhuman, superior, supermundane, supernatural, suprahuman, supramundane, supranatural, theoretical, transcendental, unearthly, unfleshly, universal, unphysical, unreal, unsubstantial; concepts 529,582 —Ant. concrete, material, objective, physical, real, solid, substantial

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  • Metaphysical — Met a*phys ic*al, a. [Cf. F. m[ e]taphysique. See {Metaphysics}.] 1. Of or pertaining to metaphysics. [1913 Webster] 2. According to rules or principles of metaphysics; as, metaphysical reasoning. [1913 Webster] 3. Preternatural or supernatural.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Metaphysical — may refer to: Metaphysics, a branch of philosophy dealing with aspects of existence and the theory of knowledge The supernatural Metaphysical poets, a poetic school from seventeenth century England who correspond with baroque period in European… …   Wikipedia

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  • metaphysical — (adj.) early 15c., pertaining to metaphysics, from methaphesik (late 14c.) + AL (Cf. al), and in part from M.L. metaphysicalis, from M.L. metaphysica (see METAPHYSICS (Cf. metaphysics)). It came to be used in the sense of abstract, speculative (e …   Etymology dictionary

  • metaphysical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to metaphysics. 2) transcending physical matter. 3) referring to a group of 17th century English poets (in particular John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, and Henry Vaughan) known for their subtlety of thought and… …   English terms dictionary

  • metaphysical — [met΄ə fiz′i kəl] adj. [ML metaphysicalis] 1. of, connected with, or having the nature of, metaphysics 2. very abstract, abstruse, or subtle: often a derogatory usage 3. beyond the physical or material; incorporeal, supernatural, or… …   English World dictionary

  • metaphysical — [[t]me̱təfɪ̱zɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Metaphysical means relating to metaphysics. ...metaphysical questions like personal responsibility for violence …   English dictionary

  • Metaphysical — noun Date: 1887 a metaphysical poet of the 17th century …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • metaphysical — adj. Metaphysical is used with these nouns: ↑implication, ↑poet, ↑speculation …   Collocations dictionary

  • metaphysical — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. abstruse, speculative, esoteric, transcendental. See thought. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. mystical, abstract, spiritual; see difficult 2 , transcendental . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY …   English dictionary for students

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