1. Of or relating to metaphysics.
2. Based on speculative or abstract reasoning.
3. Immaterial or supernatural: angels and other metaphysical beings.
4. often Metaphysical Of or relating to the poetry of a group of 17th-century English poets whose verse is characterized by an intellectually challenging style and extended metaphors comparing very dissimilar things.
[Middle English metaphisicalle, from Medieval Latin metaphysicālis, from metaphysica, metaphysics; see METAPHYSICS.]
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