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

  • adj. Having a likeness to something; resembling: a quasi success.

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  • adj. resembling or having a likeness to something

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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • As if; as it were; in a manner: used in introducing a proposed or possible explanation.
  • 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-.

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  • adj. having some resemblance


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

Middle English, as if, from Old French, from Latin quasi : 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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  • Not a fan.

    I can barely tolerate pseudo- but this is just one step too far. People who say "quasi-" are just pretentious yuppies, the same group that does yoga and drinks chai and takes mud baths and thinks itself terribly sophisticated for it. Sorry, bub, more like terribly annoying. Go back to using the -ish suffix... it suits you better. :-P

    February 9, 2007

  • another form of such - nisi

    such meaning "so like"

    February 9, 2007

  • January 4, 2007