• WordNet 3.6
    • adj metaphysical highly abstract and overly theoretical "metaphysical reasoning"
    • adj metaphysical without material form or substance "metaphysical forces"
    • adj metaphysical pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics "metaphysical philosophy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Metaphysical According to rules or principles of metaphysics; as, metaphysical reasoning.
    • Metaphysical Of or pertaining to metaphysics.
    • Metaphysical Preternatural or supernatural. "The golden round
      Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem
      To have thee crowned withal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • metaphysical Of or pertaining to metaphysic or metaphysics; in a loose sense, philosophical; hence, highly abstruse; apart from ordinary or practical modes of thought.
    • metaphysical Relating to real being, and not merely to appearance; transcendental; hence, pertaining to unverifiable hypotheses.
    • metaphysical Pertaining to abstractions, or modes thought of as objects, and named as if they were things; abstract.
    • metaphysical Preternatural or supernatural.
    • metaphysical A whole of comprehension, or a logical term conceived as compounded of its predicates.
    • metaphysical A whole of comprehension in a more general sense; a natural whole; any whole in which the subject is viewed as the whole of which the predicates are parts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Metaphysical pertaining to metaphysics; abstract
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.”
  • John Adams
    “Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.”
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.”
  • William James
    “Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. métaphysique,. See Metaphysics
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From certain works of Aristotle to be studied after his physics—Gr. meta, after, physika, physics—physis, nature.


In literature:

This doctrine gives a short cut to the abolition of metaphysics.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Physic of Metaphysic begs defence, And Metaphysic calls for aid on Sense!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
Well, I'll drop the metaphysics and speak the honest truth.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
They are the metaphysical recourse of our minds in accounting for concrete facts.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Jonathan Edwards was a favorite author in metaphysics and theology.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
May not their splendid halls echo with other sounds than the exploded metaphysics of the schools?
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth
They will probably not be answered by a simple yes or no, nor by any isolated solution of a metaphysical puzzle.
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
It called itself metaphysical, and four out of five of its members knew nothing of metaphysics.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
These three stages are the Theological, the Metaphysical, and the Positive.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)" by John Morley
Why should they not work together in Tiptology, as in Physiology and Metaphysics?
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
He was rather a great judge of metaphysical power than a metaphysician.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
Anywhere else he seems a court-beauty wandering into metaphysics.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
An attempt should therefore be made to introduce such a change into metaphysics.
"Kant's Theory of Knowledge" by Harold Arthur Prichard
Metaphysically regarded this act of self-position yields the categories of Reality.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
His metaphysical inquiries carried her into another world.
"Maria Edgeworth" by Helen Zimmern
It is an exact physical parallel to the metaphysical principle of Becoming.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
And here the question merges in the fundamental problem of metaphysics properly so called; to which science we leave it.
"A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive" by John Stuart Mill
Existence in general, is a subject not for our science, but for metaphysics.
"A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive" by John Stuart Mill
Although scorning metaphysics, he desired to be considered philosophical.
"Benjamin Franklin" by Frank Luther Mott
Metaphysical arguments seem to me like balloons filled with air used between the disputants.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet

In poetry:

Then, letting metaphysics slip,
It mumbled moral thunder;
Showing how Virtue's self will trip
If Reason chance to blunder.
"The Owl And The Lark" by Alfred Austin
And even the Abstract Entities
Circumambulate her charm;
But our lot crawls between dry ribs
To keep our metaphysics warm.
"Whispers Of Immortality" by T S Eliot
But from the metaphysic sea
No bottom was forthcoming,
And all the while (how drearily!)
In one eternal note of B
My German stove kept humming.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
Why should she? Her religion is to tell
By rote her rosary of perfect answers.
Metaphysics she can leave to man:
She never wakes at night in heaven or hell
"Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers The Sea Shell" by Archibald MacLeish
Art thou, grave bird! so wondrous wise indeed?
Speak freely, without fear of jest or gibe —
What is thy moral and religious creed?
And what the metaphysics of thy tribe?
"To a Captive Owl" by Henry Timrod
Physics, metaphysics, logic, mathematics--all the lot
Every wisdom--crammed octavo he has mastered and forgot,
With the ghosts of dead professors standing guard beside them all;
And the room is fall of shadows which their lettered backs recall.
"The Last Survivor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Old World Metaphysical Shoppe open.
The time of the year when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest and the supernatural becomes natural—the metaphysical, physical.
Earth Mother 's, A Metaphysical Boutique opens in Medina's historical district.
(We're referring to your eyes' vision, not the metaphysical sort.
But for Steven Johnson it is a defining metaphor of our times -- and a summons to the metaphysical.
Metaphysical Workshops w/ Clara-Bo.
Annette Baker at ­ Metaphysical Matrix.
The metaphysical discussion group " Metaphysically Speaking" will meet Saturday, Nov 10 at 1 pm in the Massena Library.
Be sure to listen to this encore presentation of " Metaphysically Speaking" which features Lansing numerologist Shey.
Stephen Hawking , "Blade Runner," and the Most Metaphysical Paralympics Opening Ceremony Ever.
Virginia Stem Owens has written more than seventeen books, including four novels and nonfiction on a wide range of topics from media to metaphysics.
When a journalist gets laid off, a fable about metaphysics and government control happens.
Publisher of science, spiritual and metaphysical titles, celebrated its fifth anniversary last month.
Metaphysical Illustrations by Tomas Bunk.
He's been a student of metaphysics & spirtuality for over 30 years.

In science:

Renouncing the endeavour to understand nature is a price too heavy to pay to preserve a metaphysical prejudice.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
The root causes originate in the metaphysical assumptions of both subfields.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
But my larger hope is to connect the philosophy of physics, and metaphysics, communities.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
But classical mechanics’s anti-pointil lisme seems not to have been noticed in metaphysics; though the relevant physics goes back to Euler.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
I shall concentrate on distinctively metaphysical differences, i.e. (iii) (b).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Similarly, Bigelow and Pargetter (ibid.) propose that velocity should be an intrinsic property that causes and explains later positions: but they develop this idea in terms, not of Ramsification, but of the metaphysics of universals.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Perhaps this apparently metaphysical flavor is responsible for Jarrett’s suppression of Bell’s requirement that λ contain a complete specification of the relevant beables.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
There is thus nothing the least bit metaphysical or obscure about Bell’s requirement.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
The elimination of metaphysics through logical analysis of language.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
The simplest strategy would be to search for a theory which is in agreement with the metaphysical principles in above limits — a relativistic quantum theory of gravity.
Generalization Of Lorentz-Poincare Ether Theory To Quantum Gravity
For this reason, all discussions of quantum mechanics across event horizons or wavefunctions for the universe without due reference to observers and their equipment should be avoided as metaphysical.
Proposed split-causality test of the relativity principle
In contrast, the realist is strongly inclined to say not only that physics tells us about reality, but also that it is our only way to actually do metaphysics.
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: a critical survey
How can one think both these metaphysical and metabiological perspectives? I submit that the mathematical perspective can help bridge the gap between the meta-biological and the meta-physical perspectives without resolving the tension between the two.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
They are just a metaphysical constraint we wish to impose upon Nature.
Quantum Mechanics as a Classical Theory IV: The Negative Mass Conjecture
But, of course, that is not where the poor ‘I am’ belonged; and Metaphysics was not going to be fooled by such an obtuse trick.
The Plight of `I Am'