Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to philosophy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to philosophy; versed in, or imbued with, the principles of philosophy; hence, characterizing a philosopher; rational; wise; temperate; calm; cool.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to philosophy, in any sense; based on or in keeping or accordance with philosophy, or the ultimate principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.
  • Characteristic of or befitting a philosopher; calm; quiet; cool; temperate: as, philosophic indifference: a philosophic mind.
  • Composed, unruffled, serene, tranquil, imperturbable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; meeting trouble with level-headed detachment
  • adj. of or relating to philosophy or philosophers

Etymologies

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philosophy +‎ -ic

Examples

  • It is, I imagine, a sense capable of cultivation, and enables us to look upon many of man's doings that would otherwise vex and pain us, and, as some say, destroy all the pleasure of our lives, not exactly as an illusion, as if we were Japanese and had seen a fox in the morning, but at all events in what we call a philosophic spirit.

    Afoot in England

  • And, in fact, the few who since the revival of letters have deserted Christianity for what they called philosophic heathenism, have in almost every case sympathised, not with the excellences, but with the worst vices of the Greek and

    Literary and General Lectures and Essays

  • Had not the term "pure" been so often abused in philosophic literature, had it not been so often employed to suggest that there is something alloyed, impure, in the very nature of experience and to denote something beyond experience, we might say that esthetic experience is pure experience.

    John Dewey's *Art as Experience*

  • The term "ideal" has been cheapened by sentimental popular use, and by use in philosophic discourse for apologetic purposes to disguise discords and cruelties in existence.

    John Dewey's *Art as Experience*

  • However, the main philosophic foils he sets up are really the sillier philosophers of Europe such as Hegel and Heidegger.

    Book Review: Anathem by Neal Stephenson | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • It is a spiritual ingredient, composed, when one comes to analyse it, of two chemical elements; of what might be called aesthetic egoism and of what we know as philosophic scepticism.

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations

  • But the interest is not what is commonly called philosophic; it is personal.

    On the Benefits of Reading

  • But the interest is not what is commonly called philosophic, it is personal.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 3

  • You’re making the mistake that everyone makes, starting with Plato: that Socrates was engaged in philosophic debate in the first place.

    Matthew Yglesias » Old School

  • In any event, Paul's description of how godless atheists work out their own thoughts strikingly resembles what Plato and Aristotle describe as philosophic dialectic, the process by which we clarify our thinking.

    Dawkins' Atheism Is OK, But So Is Theism

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