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metaphysical

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Definition relating to metaphysics (the philosophical study of being and knowing)

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relating to beliefs not proven with the scientific method

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without material form or substance

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highly abstract and overly theoretical

More rarely, metaphysical can reference a 17th-century style of British poetry.
  • RUH-SPIRIT: in Fremen belief, that part of the individual which is always rooted in (and capable of sensing) the metaphysical world.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • What metaphysical rapture could equal it for its substance, its frailty, and its beauty?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • It is at once imaginative and metaphysical,—in short, Greek.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • My old friend Ork sat shaking his head in dismay, saying nothing, brooding, no doubt, on the dark metaphysical implications.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The testimony of his contemporaries proclaims—and his life fully confirms—his metaphysical and mystical interests.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • I'm not sure if the question's rhetorical or if she thinks I have a clue to her metaphysical mystery.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I am unversed in the metaphysical, have long become estranged from it, and if this can be so, I believe the metaphysical is as much unversed in me.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I am driving and going seventy-two and praying not to get a ticket and playing Metaphysical I Spy.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • But is this interpreter necessarily metaphysical and unembodied?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Not the metaphysical...the ones with the god stones and the sacrifices and all the rest of it!
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • This is extremely abstract and metaphysical, Juan.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • This was very metaphysical; not more so, however, than several observations Madame Merle had already made.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The key to the modern systems of psychological interpretation therefore is this: the metaphysical realm = the unconscious.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Herr Naphta removed guilt and merit from the empirical world to the metaphysical.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He has to metaphysically transport a large mass over a vast distance in a tiny period of time.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Her father liked the metaphysical streak which had unconsciously got into it, so that was allowed to remain though she had her doubts about it.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • You mean you don't have the comfort of an excuse, a metaphysical excuse.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He said he wanted to 'dismiss all this meaningless nonsense which long has dominated metaphysical thought and brought it into disrepute.'
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • He was a metaphysical puzzle to me.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Hunting was equally a devotion, full of metaphysical concepts veiled from Carol.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street

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