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metaphysical
used in Ulysses by James Joyce

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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
  • The hypothesis of a plasmic memory, advanced by the Caledonian envoy and worthy of the metaphysical traditions of the land he stood for, envisaged in such cases an arrest of embryonic development at some stage antecedent to the human.
    Episode 14 — Oxen Of The Sun (61% in)
  • Lastly at the head of the board was the young poet who found a refuge from his labours of pedagogy and metaphysical inquisition in the convivial atmosphere of Socratic discussion, while to right and left of him were accommodated the flippant prognosticator, fresh from the hippodrome, and that vigilant wanderer, soiled by the dust of travel and combat and stained by the mire of an indelible dishonour, but from whose steadfast and constant heart no lure or peril or threat or degradation...
    Episode 14 — Oxen Of The Sun (76% in)

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