Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a likeness to something; resembling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A prefix or apparent adjective or adverb (and hence often written without the hyphen) meaning ‘seeming,’ ‘apparent’ (equivalent to ‘as it were,’ ‘in appearance,’ in predicate use), expressing some resemblance, but generally implying that what it qualifies is in some degree fictitious or unreal, or has not all the features of what it professes to be: as, a quasi-argument; a quasi-historical account. In construction and partly in sense it is like pseudo-.
  • As if; as it were; in a manner: used in introducing a proposed or possible explanation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • As if; as though; as it were; in a manner sense or degree; having some resemblance to; qualified; -- used as an adjective, or a prefix with a noun or an adjective.

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  • adjective resembling or having a likeness to something

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

  • adjective having some resemblance

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, as if, from Old French, from Latin : quam, as; see kwo- in Indo-European roots + , if; see swo- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin quasi ("as if").

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